GBR Challenge update

madforsailing caught up with Leslie Ryan on the sponsorship trail
Leslie Ryan, GBR Challenge's Head of Sponsorship & Marketing, brought madfor sailing up to date recently with the schedule for Peter Harrison's team over the remaining few months leading up to the start of the Louis Vuitton challenger series. Schedule At present GBR Challenge are located at the former Spanish base between the Team New Zealand and Sweden's Victory Challenge compounds in Auckland's Syndicate Road. The team are carrying out intensive training with their two boats out on the Hauraki Gulf. Their program takes in the America's Cup International Regatta (formerly 'The Road to The America's Cup') on 11-17 Febrary, racing against Team New Zealand, OneWorld and Sweden's Victory Challenge. At the end of March the team fly back to the UK, where the new boat will be launched at 1200 on 12 April at the GBR Challenge compound in Cowes. She will be christened by HRH, The Princess Royal. Following the launch the team will sail their new boat for 3-4 days "to make sure she floats", before she is shipped to New Zealand. Meanwhile the crew will stay on in the UK where they will continue match race training. May will be a month off for the crew, before they return to New Zealand and continue their training in the new boat out on the Hauraki Gulf building up to the beginning of the Louis Vuitton Race on 1 October. Balance sheet At present Peter Harrison is still bankrolling the campaign with the budget now up to £20-22 million. Leslie Ryan says they are working hard to offset a portion of this by raising sponsorship to the tune of £5 million. "He's saying 'I'm putting the money into it, I'll make it happen, but there is an opportunity for companies to show their support. But if I don't get any corporations on