Hamish Pepper and Jim Turner take on London 2012


The Kiwi Star duo talk about their campaign, the hardware and their class being deselected for Rio
Kiwi America’s Cup and big boat tactician Hamish Pepper is back for his fourth Olympic Games, his second in the Star after a 9th place finish in Beijing. But this time around he has a new crew. Following Finn medallist and top America’s Cup grinder, Craig Monk, being lured away last summer to Artemis Racing and the AC, so the familiar figure of Jim Turner will be taking on the ‘wet assed’ role with him at London 2012. Wait a minute – isn’t Jim Turner a Brit? Turner explains he met his wife in New Zealand when he was out there sailing in the 2003 America’s Cup with GBR Challenge and has spent the last eight years living in his newly adopted home. “We have got two daughters, both born in New Zealand, and I have always qualified to become a New Zealand citizen. You can live there quite happily with a British passport being a member of the Commonwealth, so until Hamish and I started to sail together I didn’t actually need to have a passport, but then I did and it was reasonably easy to organise. It probably forced me to do it sooner than I might have.” According to Pepper, his crew is even getting pretty handy with a BBQ these days. The duo are both regulars on on the big boat circuit, but hadn’t sailed much together apart from a stint on board the Synergy Russian Sailing Team in the short lived Louis Vuitton Trophy. “Jim was the only person I thought good enough to come and to try and win a medal with,” says Pepper. “So we started down the process of whether or not he would like the boat, sailing around in the water all the time and to see if we’d get on. The next

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