Goss Vendee boat finds new owner

Former Team Philips crewman buys ex-Aqua Quorum

Tuesday May 22nd 2001, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Former Team Philips crewman and forthcoming Vendee Globe entrant Alex Bennett has purchased Pete Goss' yellow Vendee Globe Open 50 (formerly Aqua Quorum) from the company responsible for the liquidation of the crumbled ruins of the Goss empire.
Most of Pete Goss' companies set up at the time of Team Philips are now in the hands of the liquidators. These included Gary Venning's boat building company Goss Composites and the sports management arm Goss Challenges as well as the corporate entertainment division that owned both Goss' Open 50 (the former Aqua Quorum) and Chay Blyth's original round the world boat British Steel.

Bennett, 25, first came to public attention when at the tender age of 22 he bought the Phil Morrison-designed Open 30 Modi Khola and raced it in the Royal Western Yacht Club's two-handed Round Britain and Ireland Race with Dave Barden (who is now campaigning Pete Heppel's Mini). He then went on to buy Mark Turner's Mini and, renamed English Braids, entered it in the 1999 Mini Transat. In this competitive fleet and up against Whitbread sailors such as Nick Maloney and Andrew Cape, he finished an impressive fifth out of 72 starters and 46 finishers. Alex then went on to become one of the crew on Team Philips.

Bennett's new acquistion has now taken part in two Vendee Globes, first with Goss and most recently with French journalist Patrice Carpentier on board. Carpentier showed both his skill and the pace of this Adrian Thompson-designed boat by finishing 11th, ahead of three Open 60s.

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