Roy Heiner on the Volvo and the Olympics


Rocky Roy is relishing the challenge of skippering the ASSA ABLOY syndicate and he wants match racing back in the Games, he tells Ed Gorman
Roy, how do you feel about taking charge on ASSA ABLOY? Fantastic - it's an honour to sail with the best people in the business. Clearly you will skipper on the water but what will your wider role be? I will choose the crew though I'm not the type of person that believes in choosing the crew myself. I believe the crew should be choosing the crew, so to speak. Obviously I will be selecting, with Mark Rudiger ( the navigator and co-skipper), some key players, but I think it's up to all the key players and ourselves to choose the remainder of the crew. So far it's me and Rudi and Jason Carrington and Klabbe Nylof and we will appoint two more people shortly. I will be responsible for the whole sailing and technical side of the campaign. Who is the key guy on the shoreside at present in the ASSA ABLOY syndicate? That's Magnus Olsson (technical director) at the moment . A shore manager has yet to be appointed but Magnus is responsible for the building of the boat and who better could there be to work with? The Sydney-Hobart will be your first outing? The Sydney-Hobart is a race but we have to be realistic. We don't have the luxury of winning - we just have to get the boat up (the old Chessie Racing), get the new mast in, get some sails on board, pull the string and go sailing. The first of our new boats (being built at Green Marine in Southampton) will be finished halfway through April, so we'll call it the beginning of May. With the experience of skippering BrunelSynergy in the 1997/98 race, what do you consider to be the key to success in the first Volvo Ocean Race? I think, at the moment, it's all about getting the

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