Not widely reported in the press but two of the Australians of the Year Jessica Watson and Simon McKeown are both well respected sailors. Jessica is obviously well known for her round the world effort however it was her passion, determination and persistence that she was rewarded for. Simon McKeown was rewarded for his philanthropy work and ability to get the corporate world to fund numerous causes and his personal commitments to the plight of Aboriginals and rehabilitation of those effected by drugs. This is even more outstanding given his demanding role at Macquarie Bank. What most of the public don’t know is Simon’s incredible sailing career especially in world class catarmaran events including the speed records with Yellow Pages Endevour and numerous other craft. Big congratulations to Jessica and Simon!