Cork Week prize
Peter Harrison's GBR Challenge have announced a fantastic new prize for Ford Cork Week.
The overall winners from each of the IRC and IRM/sportsboats divisions will be offered two places each for crew to go to New Zealand and watch the British America's Cup Team competing in the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series on the Hauraki Gulf. The winning crewmembers, who have to conform to ISAF Group 1 amateur status, will receive flight tickets and accommodation in New Zealand and have the opportunity to meet the British team and tour the highly secure base on syndicate row.
Peter Harrison, founder and Chairman of GBR Challenge explained why the two sailing events make such an excellent partnership. "One of our fundamental aims in the GBR Challenge is to ensure that Britain remains in the America's Cup next time in 2006, either as defenders or for a second challenge. Let's hope that this prize helps to maintain the grass roots support for the Challenge and it may even flush out some future British America's Cup sailors for next time around!"
The lucky winners will be chosen by their skipper, on account of their excellent crewing and contribution to their boat's success and enjoyment at Ford Cork Week 2002.
"I am very pleased to be able to offer such a unique prize to such a fantastic event. As I am entering this year's Ford Cork Week myself, I hope that my crew on board Chernikeeff II, a Farr 52, will take the overall honours and become eligible to win it! However, in such a quality fleet, the only certainty is that the victor will have thoroughly earned this opportunity of a lifetime to get involved with GBR Challenge."
John McWilliam, Race Committee Chairman at Ford Cork Week commented, "There will be upwards of 7,000 sailors at Ford Cork Week, all of them keenly aware of the America's Cup. However, until this once in a lifetime offer came from GBR Challenge, few of them would have had the chance to get inside an
America's Cup compound and experience America's Cup racing live!"
Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland, expressed his delight at the announcement. "Ford Cork Week has always placed a strong emphasis on catering for amateur sailors. For GBR Challenge to offer this prize takes that focus to a whole new level. It's another progressive step for Europe's premier regatta, and we are very pleased to be associated in this way with Britain's latest assault on the America's Cup."