|Catalina Dealer named U.S. Sailor of the Year|
|January 23, 2008 St Petersburg Times
Dave Ellis on Sailing
St Petersburg sailor Jeff Linton has been named the 2007 Rolex U.S. yachtsman of the year.
A list of 10 sailors determined by nominations from the nationwide membership of the U.S. Sailing Association was evaluated by a panel of sailing journalists.
Linton's victories in 2007 included the Lightning Worlds in Europe, the Flying Scott North Americans and classic Moth Nationals and Midwinters.
Linton is one of the founders of Masthead Enterprises, a chandlery and Catalina dealership.
The appointment makes Tampa Bay home for the world sailor of the year, Ed Baird, the national sailor of the year, Linton, and multiple champion and masters winner John Jennings.