The final two

A Dane and an Argentine complete the sailing crew line up at BMW ORACLE Racing

Wednesday February 8th 2006, Author: Jane Eagleson, Location: United Kingdom
BMW ORACLE Racing has recruited two new sailors, completing the sailing team for the 2006 season. Former Alinghi team member Jann Neergaard of Denmark joins as mast/grinder and Guillermo Parada of Argentina joins the afterguard.

“The addition of Jann and Guillermo completes our sailing team for 2006,” said CEO and Skipper Chris Dickson. “We have an intense sailing program planned for this year. With three important Louis Vuitton Acts and many months of training and testing with two America’s Cup Class boats, we need enough depth to field two complete race crews. We have achieved a great balance of experience and younger talent who are all team players and motivated to win.”

Neergaard, 42, a 2003 America's Cup winner with Alinghi, has recently been found competing on the grand prix match racing and TP52 circuit with three-time America's Cup winning helmsman Russell Coutts. Neergaard has secured titles in a variety of classes during his career, many of them together with the Danish match racer Sten Mohr who also recently joined the team's afterguard.

Parada, 38, the only sailor representing Argentina on the crew, has been running the Maxi boat Alexia for the past 11 years. Parada's long list of sailing achievements includes wins at various offshore races and many international Maxi titles.

The sailing team returns to Valencia in February to prepare for two-boat training and testing this spring in Valencia prior to the start of competition in the three America’s Cup Class pre-Regattas, Louis Vuitton Acts 10, 11 and 12. The first regatta starts May 11 in Valencia.

The 36-member sailing team represents 10 nations.
Name, nationality and corresponding crew numbers:

Ian Baker, NZL, 19
David Blanchfield, AUS, 70
Mark Bradford, AUS, 21
David Brooke, NZL, 10
Stu Clarke, NZL, 31
Sean Clarkson, NZL, 9
Scott Crawford, NZL, 8
Julien Cressant, FRA, 3
Rodney Daniel, AUS, 72
Rod Dawson, NZL, 88
Chris Dickson, NZL, 11
Eric Doyle, USA, 14
Noel Drennan, IRE, 63
Larry Ellison, USA, 17
Jamie Gale, NZL, 12
Ross Halcrow, NZL, 4
Zach Hurst, NZL, 25
Peter Isler, USA, 55
Philip Jameson, NZL 13
Tony Kolb, GER, 7
Brian MacInnes, CAN, 44
Craig Monk, NZL, 15
Sten Mohr, DEN, 77
Robbie Naismith, NZL, 38
Jann Neergaard, DEN, 24
Bertrand Pacé, FRA, 33
Guillermo Parada, ARG, 28
Nick Partridge, AUS, 46
Ed Smyth, NZL, 32
Kazuhiko Sofuku, JPN, 23
Joe Spooner, NZL, 99
Morgan Trubovich, NZL, 27
Brad Webb, NZL, 22
Paul Westlake, AUS, 20
Carl Williams, NZL, 30
Jon Ziskind, USA, 26.

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