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Neville CRICHTON (NZL)The past twelve months have brought Neville Crichton to the forefront of the international keelboat racing scene as an owner/driver who has taken line honours in virtually every event in which he has competed.

Crichton started his winning streak in Australia, before heading to Europe where he picked up line honours in every race at the Rolex Giraglia Cup, smashed the Giraglia Race Record and finished second overall with line honours in the Rolex Fastnet Race. It is no wonder that Crichton's maxi yacht, Alfa Romeo, has been dubbed the world's fastest super-maxi.

The Achievements of Neville Crichton

2nd - Hamilton Island Race Week, September 2002 (line honours all races)
1st - Bird Island Race (Sydney-Newcastle), November 2002 (line honours)
1st - Flinders Island Race, November 2002 (line honours)
1st (IRC) - JP Morgan Regatta, November/December 2002 (line honours all races)
Line Honours - Canon Big Boat Challenge, December 2002
1st (IRC) - British Trophy Regatta, December 2002 (line honours all races)
11th (IRC) - Rolex Sydney Hobart, December 2002 (line honours)
2nd - Millenium Cup, January 2003 (line honours all races)
6th (ORC) - Trofeo Zegna, May 2003
17th - Rolex Giraglia Cup, June 2003 (line honours all races)
Giraglia Race Record - 22 hours, 13 minutes, 48 seconds. Average speed 10.9 knots
2nd - 2003 Rolex Fastnet Race, August 2003 (line honours)

Name Neville Crichton
Date of Birth 16592
Place of Birth Dunedin, New Zealand
Profession Company Director
Age started sailing 11
First boat sailed P Class (7 footer)
Age started racing 11
First boat raced P Class (7 footer)
What inspired you to take up sailing? I lived on a river and liked boats
How did you buy your first boat? By collecting and selling beer bottles
Which was your first sailing club? Wakatane Yacht Club
First Event won and Year Bay of Plenty Championships in the P Class in 1957
Principle achievements Representing New Zealand in the Admiral's Cup, Kenwood Cup, Southern Cross Cup and the World 2 Ton Cup
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date 1st at the World 2 Ton Cup in Hawaii in 1992
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Line honours in the 2002 Syndey Hobart Race
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date Line honours in the 2003 Fastnet Race
What are your future sailing aspirations? To continue Maxi Boat sailing
Briefly state what sailing means to you It is challenging and a great sport
Who has had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? No one person
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? In the past rugby, professional race car driver
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? There have been many but today I believe it to be Russell Coutts
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2003 means to you It is overwhelming - the greatest honour of my sailing career.
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2003, briefly say what will this mean to you? An honour I will cherish for life.
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