Nautor to launch Volvo Ocean Race campaign

But who's the skipper?

Wednesday February 7th 2001, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Nautor, builder of Swan yachts, is set to announce its Volvo Ocean Race challenge to the public next week in Florence. There has been speculation for some time that there is a boat being built for Kiwi skipper Grant Dalton, but if this is his campaign, we can be pretty confident that Dalts won't be at the launch. He's currently blasting his way through the Southern Ocean aboard Club Med.
Briton Jason Carrington has been busy working on two new boats for the Assa Abloy campaign at Green Marine in Lymington. Both crew member and construction manager, Carrington and his team believe a different approach to construction of these new boats could give them an edge in the race which sets off this September.

The team is preparing to throw open its doors to the media next week, presumably it believes by then time will be too short for any other team to copy and incorporate the unique building methods Assa Abloy claims it is using.

Meanwhile, another Swedish challenge, Team SEB, has announced the latest addition to its crew line-up, with skipper Gurra Krantz appointing Kiwi Gareth Cooke to the team. "Gareth will take an important place in the crew as an all-round sailor," commented Krantz at the Gothenburg Boat Show. "His personality, knowledge and attitude will strengthen the team a lot."

Cooke, aged 31, from Auckland, New Zealand, is a professional sailor with a strong background from ocean racing. He has competed in the Maxi One-Design World Championship, the Fastnet Race and the Sydney-Hobart several times. The last couple of years, Cooke has been a professional sailor in the USA where he has been competing in several regattas such as the San Francisco Big Boat Series and the Pacific Cup.

Team SEB now has three vacant places in the crew. These crew members will be selected before the beginning of April. This is the team so far:

Gunnar "Gurra" Krantz Skipper Sweden
Marcel van Triest Navigator Netherlands
Magnus Woxén Helmsman, Trimmer Sweden
Matthew Humphries Watch captain Great Britain
Rodney Ardern Watch captain New Zealand
Tony Mutter Helmsman, sail coordinator New Zealand
David Rolfe Helmsman, trimmer New Zealand
Gareth Cooke All-round New Zealand
Tom Braidwood Foredeck hand Australia

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