Brady v Law

Match race titans line up in Senator's Cup

Wednesday September 21st 2005, Author: Dobbs Davis, Location: United States
International match race sailing will come to Annapolis when America's Cup helmsmen Gavin Brady and Chris Law square off against one another for three days of competition during the US Sailboat Show in Annapolis at the 3rd annual Annapolis Volvo Senator¹s Cup Regatta. From Thursday, 6 October to Saturday, 8 October, these four-time America's Cup veterans will compete in matched Swan 45 Class One-Design yachts on courses set by the Storm Trysail Club on the Severn River within sight of the Show.

"We're extremely excited to have Gavin return to race at the event," said Regatta Chair John Pica, "and to have a wily veteran like Chris come to sail against him is just extraordinary. These two will put on a great show for our sponsors and spectators."

Brady, who hails from New Zealand but has been based locally for several years, was most recently a helmsman with BMW Oracle Racing, the only US-based program in Valencia contending for the next America¹s Cup there in 2007. His previous campaigns include Prada in 2003, America One in 2000, and Tag Heuer in 1995. He competed in the inaugural Senator¹s Cup regatta in 2003, finishing as runner-up to Terry Hutchinson.

Chris Law has most recently been helmsman for Team Shosholoza, the first-ever South African-based team contending for the America¹s Cup. He has had extensive Cup experience extending back to being helmsman for White Crusader, the British America¹s Challenge in Australia in 1987. Law has also won numerous match race events around the world on the pro-level Swedish Match Grand Prix tour.

On the choice of Swan 45s for the event, Law is upbeat. "They are perfect boats for this kind of event, where you need speed, manoeuvrability, and yet ease of handling for the team and the sponsors riding aboard. This will be great fun." The two yachts used for the event will be Andrzej Rojek's white-hulled Better Than and Steve DeVoe's blue-hulled Devocean.

After the conclusion of racing on Saturday, an awards party at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel will feature a raffle of an 8 day-7 night stay at the Bitter End Yacht Club in Virgin Gorda, an auction of many valuable items include a special edition watch from Corum, and a video presentation made by T2P Productions, who will also provide on-demand video coverage of the racing.

All proceeds from Senator's Cup are used to support local charities, including Box of Rain, a year-round program designed to inspire and encourage Annapolis area youth, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to gain self esteem and to develop life skills that lead to positive contributions to the community, and the Annapolis Community Foundation, a leader and resource for philanthropy in Annapolis by anticipating and responding to community needs, supporting a broad range of programs and projects, building and managing permanent endowments, and granting funds. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Special Olympics of Maryland also receive support from the event.

Returning as Title Sponsor for the Senator's Cup is Annapolis Volvo, with Nautica and Corum providing support as Presenting Sponsors. Banner Sponsors include: Anne Arundel County, Bitter End Yacht Club, Boatyard Bar and Grill, City of Annapolis, Nautor¹s Swan, Sailing World Magazine, United States Sailboat Show, and the
State of Maryland. Supporting Sponsors include: Aigle Boots, Annapolis Radio WRNR,
Appleton Rum, Finlandia Vodka, Kathryn Leonard, Artist, Maria's Sicilian Ristorante, Marriott Waterfront Hotel, North Sails, Tuaca, Under Armour, and Vansant Creations, and Virgin Vines Wine.

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