More talent signs up for VolvoIn preparation for the leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race, the 'short hop' from Miami north to Baltimore, many of the teams adding yet more talent to their crew lists.
With Ross Field and Steve Cotton standing down from News Corp, Jez Fanstone has persuaded his old mate and fellow Olympian Stuart Childerly (right) to come for a ride. Ian (Barney) Walker and Gordon Maguire are now watch leaders while Nick White is taking over responsibilities in the nav station.
One of the more significant posting comes on board SEB who have a talented new crew in the form of Star Olympic veteran, Mark Reynolds, who is expected to add much to their afterguard.
"We are glad to have Mark Reynolds with us in Team SEB. With his experience from Star boat racing and his touch as a helmsman, refined over many years, he will contribute a lot on the tactical side. I am sure it will be a close race all the way and anything can happen until the very last meters before the finish in Chesapeake Bay," said SEB skipper Gurra Krantz.
Reynolds, 46 years old from San Diego, has competed in four Olympic Games in the Star. At the 1988 Games in Korea he took the silver medal together with Hal Haenel and they came back four years later in the Barcelona Games and became Olympic Champions. After a sixth place in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics he teamed up with ex-Swede Magnus Liljedahl and came back to Sydney in 2000 to win the gold again.
In 1995 and 2000 Reynolds won the Star World Championships and previously this year he won the Bacardi Cup in Miami together with Liljedahl. In big boat racing Reynolds has been tactician onboard Farr 40-boats and last year he won the US Admiral's Cup trials.
Reynolds is taking over from Scott Beavis that has sailed the first five legs on SEB and has now left the team.
With the departure of Emma Richards for Tracy Edwards' maxi-catamaran Maiden II, her spot on Amer Sports Too has been filled by Jo Burchell. Burchell is part of Shirley Robertson's match racing crew and last year raced two handed in the Fastnet Race with Lorna Graham.
On board Tyco, Ocean Race veteran Jim Close has had to leave due to business commitments. Grant Spanhake is to fill his spot on board. Similarly 'Big' Mike Howard is to stay on board Assa Abloy.