Heiner signs for Volvo

Roy Heiner of Holland is to skipper the Swedish-based Assa Abloy syndicate in the Volvo Ocean Race

Tuesday November 21st 2000, Author: Ed Gorman, Location: United Kingdom
Roy Heiner who skippered BrunelSynergy in the last Whitbread is to sail in the first Volvo Ocean Race as skipper on the Swedish-based ASSA ABLOY boat. Heiner, who was officially announced as skipper in Amsterdam on Tuesday (November 21st), will sail alongside Mark Rudiger the former EF Language navigator, who has been retained by the syndicate as co-skipper and navigator.
The appointment of Heiner follows his failure to put another Dutch team together for the Volvo, something he spent months pursuing but which fell by the wayside when he failed to hook a major corporate backer. Heiner, a bronze medallist in the Finn class at Savannah in 1996, has been in awesome form recently in the Soling Olympic class but left Sydney without a medal after arriving there as a strong favourite for gold.

It is still not clear exactly what role Heiner will play on and off the water in a syndicate which is replete with heavyweights in this event including Magnus Olson, Richard Brisius and Johan Salen - the core team from the successful EF campaign.

ASSA ABLOY is due to announce further crew shortly as it prepares its entry in the Sydney to Hobart race in the old Chessie Racing/Yess Volvo 60. Among those likely to be named is Britain's Jason Carrington who is currently supervising the building of two Farr-designed Volvo 60s for the syndicate which are being constructed by British shipwrights Green Marine in Southampton.

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