Dunstone lays down gauntlet

To other maxis playing in Europe this year

Wednesday June 4th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Charles Dunstone, founder and CEO of the Carphone Warehouse Group, has announced that he will be competing aboard his new Reichel-Pugh Maxi Sled -
Enigma of London - at Skandia Cowes Week 2003 (2-9 August).

Dunstone, a former Skandia Cowes Week winner, has confirmed that he will be
racing for the Britannia Cup and the New York Yacht Club Challenge Trophy and has
issued a challenge to other 'Maxi' yacht owners to join him in competing for these
prestigious trophies.

"There are a number of similar Ultra Light Displacement Boats likely to be in
the area having competed in the DaimlerChrysler TransAtlantic Challenge or
in preparation for the Fastnet Race and we hope that they join us for some close
racing at this year's Regatta," challenges Dunstone.

Enigma, was acquired by Dunstone earlier this year and has undergone a rapid transformation to make her competitive on the European circuit.

"Not only was the boat heavily configured to the light downwind conditions of
the TransPac course but she had also been shackled by a speed limit imposed
on the race two years ago," explained Dunstone's sailing manager Matt Cowpe,
who project-managed the work.

Enigma is currently competing in the Mediterranean regatta circuit before
coming north to the UK to compete at Skandia Cowes Week and in the Fastnet
Race. Even in the generally light wind conditions of the Mediterranean and
early in the development of the boat she has shown blistering pace in excess
of 20 knots and promises to be an impressive sight in the UK this summer.

See our interview with Charles Dunstone here

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