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Chris DRAPER & Simon HISCOCKS (GBR)A fantastic year of sailing, culminating in a Gold Medal at the ISAF World Championship with two races to spare amongst the world's toughest 49er sailors, an admirable conclusion to their season. Their Gold Medal was matched by their leap into the number one slot in the ISAF World Rankings.

The first regatta that counted towards their nomination was IX Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week, which they won in style with a series of top placings.

This in turn was followed by dominance at two of the toughest European Grade 1 Events, SPA Regatta and Kieler Woche. With eight ISAF Graded events counting towards their nomination, they have either won or placed top three in six out of the eight, placing a fourth and sixth in the remainder - a superb performance.

The Achievemnets of Chris Draper & Simon Hiscocks

1st - IX Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week, April 2003 - Grade 2
6th - XXXIV Princess Sofia Trophy, April 2003 - Grade 2
4th - Semaine Olympique Francaise, April 2003 - Grade 1
1st - SPA Regatta, May 2003 - Grade 1
1st - Kieler Woche, June 2003 - Grade 1
2nd - 49er European Championship, July 2003 - Grade 1
2nd - Saronikos Gulf Regatta, August 2003 - Grade 3
1st - ISAF World Championship - 49er, September 2003 - Grade W

ISAF World Sailing Ranking - Double-Handed Dinghy Open 49er (1 Oct 2003) = 1

Name Chris DRAPER (Chips) Simon HISCOCKS
Date of Birth 28569 26842
Place of Birth Sheffield, GBR Redhill, Surrey, GBR
Profession Sailor Sailor
Age started sailing 7 14
First boat sailed Optimist Mirror
Age started racing 9 14
First boat raced Optimist Mirror
What inspired you to take up sailing? Parents Parents
How did you buy your first boat? Parents bought me a nice wooden Optimist and my Grandma named it Paper round/Saturday job
Which was your first sailing club? Mannigtree Sailing Club Crawley mariners Sailing Club
First Event competed in and Year Optimist Nationals 1988 CMYC club race in 1997
First Event won and Year British Junior Optimist Naitonals 1990 don't know
Principle achievements Sivler Medal at the ISAF Youth World Championship in 1996 Silver medal in the 49er Class at the Sydney Olympics
Principle achievements Silver medal at the 49er World Championships in 2002 2003 49er World Champion
Principle achievements Gold Medal at Barcelona, SPA and Kiel Regattas in the 49er in 2003
Principle achievements Gold medal at the 49er World Championships in Cadiz in 2003
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date To win the 49er Worlds by two races to spare was very special
What are your future sailing aspirations? Another Olympic cycle and then we will see
Briefly state what sailing means to you It is what I love doing and always has been and sailing the 49er just increases that enjoyment
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? My parents because without them I never would have started sailing and my Dad used to help me a lot with my training. Jim saltonstall who coached me from a very young age up to until not long ago and Stephen parks who helped me to develop a more presofessioanl approach to my sailing.
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero? Not sure, Ben's (Ainslie) ability to simply dominate is incredible. He is setting the standard at the moment in dinghy sailing.
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Windsurfing and surfing Mountain biking, windsurfing, squash and running
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Not sure
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you it is very special
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you? Simply to be nominated is fantastic, to win, I don't' know, let's just say I'd b
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