This year's recipient has always recieved multiple glowing nominations from several members of his crew. All state similar facts, many of which I have heard "directly" from said recipient in the past (hmmm). Eleven past reciepients voted on the slate of nominations. Of those eleven, eight are intimately familiar with the sailing ability, sportsmanship, and contributions of this years recipient. At least six of those eight were in attendance at the infamous Southport Regatta and three were actual witnesses to "The Incident".
I must say, I was surprised. I am more surprised after review