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Grant DALTON (NZL)Renowned over many years for his involvement in ocean races, Grant's nomination is in recognition of his win as skipper of 12 crew on the 110 ft catamaran Club Med in the inaugural 'The Race', the no-holds barred non-stop round-the-world race. Grant won The Race in fantastic style in 62 days, 6 hours, 56 minutes and 33 seconds on 3 March 2001, 2 days ahead of his closest rival. Supporting this win was the new world record set on 7-8 February 2001 for the longest distance run in 24 hrs (any yacht, any number of crew) of 655.13nm, an average speed of 27.33 knots.

Name Grant DALTON
Date of Birth 01/07/57
Where were you born? Auckland New Zealand
Age started sailing 8
Age started racing 8
What inspired you to take up sailing? It was a family sport
How did you buy your first boat? It was given to me by my brother
Which was your first sailing club? Maraeti Beach Boating Club
First boat sailed? P Class
First boat raced? P Class
First Event competed in? Local Club Championship at 8 years old
First Event won? Local Club Championship at 9 years old
Principle achievements? Round the World Yacht Race wins x 3
Detail the personal highlights of your sailing career to date? Leg wins into Auckland during Whitbread Races, overall win in 1993/94, first win in 1982, Club Med 24 hour record twice and various other records associated with winning the Race
Future sailing aspirations? To do well in the Volvo Ocean Race
Briefly state what sailing means to you? To make a profession out of your hobby, everyone's dream in life
Who's had the greatest impact or inspiration in your sailing career and why? All successful yachtsmen who I have studied and read about
Who do you consider to be your sailing hero if any? Paul Elvstrom
Profession? Yachtsman
What other sports do you participate in outside of sailing? Long distance endurance sports
Who do you consider to be the greatest sailor in the World and why? Paul Elvstrom - his ability to win Gold Medals in World Championships in many classes with comparative ease
Briefly state what being nominated for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Award 2001 means to you? Every sportsman aspires to be the best at what he does to reach the top. This Award is the top
If voted as the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year 2001, briefly say what will this mean to you? As above
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