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Darren BUNDOCK & John FORBES (AUS)A third consecutive defence of their World Championship title has concluded a phenomenal twelve months for Darren and John. A stylish opening win at the 2002 Tornado World Championship, followed by a win at Sail Melbourne, where they took the gun in each of the nine races, was a fitting prediction of what the rest of the season would hold.

Combine this with results which included either first or second places at all the other ISAF Graded events they entered, with the exception of SPA Regatta, it was no surprise for them to be honoured as recipients of the Australian Institute of Sport Team Award, which was then followed by the Australian Male Sailor of the Year Award in July.

Their victory at the 2003 Tornado World Championship marked history in many ways, as the title represented Darren's fourth World Championship victory in the Tornado and John's sixth, according them the honour of holding the record for winning the World Championship the most times.

Darren, without John as crew, has also been competing elsewhere on the multihull circuit this year, picking up a first place finish in the Round Texel Race sailing a Hobie 18 Tiger and a second at the Formula 18 World Championship.

The Achievements of Darren BUNDOCK & John FORBES (AUS)

1st - Tornado World Championship, September 2002 - Grade W
1st - Sail Melbourne, Jan 2003 - Ungraded
2nd - Barcelona Olympic Sailing Week, April 2003 - Grade 2
1st - Princess Sofia Trophy, April 2003 - Grade 2
1st Tornado European Championship, Jun 2003 - Grade 1
4th - Kieler Woche, June 2003 - Grade
1st - Athens Regatta 2003, August 2003 - Ungraded
1st - 2003 ISAF World Championship, September 2003 - Grade W

ISAF World Sailing Ranking - Multihull Open Tornado (1 October 2003) = 9

Date of Birth 26013 25597
Place of Birth Sydney, Australia Sydney, Australia
Profession Sailor/Coach Dairy Products Sales
Age started sailing 8 10
First boat sailed Maricat 4.3 Hobie 11
Age started racing 9 12
First boat raced
What inspired you to take up sailing?
My parents
How did you buy your first boat?
Worked bloody hard!
Which was your first sailing club?
Pittwater Catamaran Club (still my club)
First Event competed in and Year Maricat State Championship Local catamaran regatta in Sydney in 1982
First Event won and Year Maricat State Championship (crew) Nacra state title 198?
Principle achievements
Won Kieler Woche in 1987, the first stepping stone to international success.
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date
Highlights are not winning but travelling the world and meeting many great friends.
What are your future sailing aspirations?
To do 30 knots on my M-20 with my father as crew.
Briefly state what sailing means to you
Fresh air, wave jumping and not nose diving.
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why?
My family because they put up with me travelling all the time for over 17 years.
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero?
Duncan ROSS - sailed 21 ft catamaran to the Antarctic
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing?
Remote control cars
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why?
Sir Peter BLAKE - he had the right cause for nature on his mind
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you
Recognition for 17 years of international travel and for the time given to the sport.
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you?
It's the ultimate award for any sailor and would certainly be a great inspiration to achieve our ultimate goal: Olympic gold.
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