Earlybird to defend their title
Current World Champions, Earlybird (GER) are ready to defend their title, having just competed in the Copa del Rey in Palma a few short weeks ago. Commenting on the team’s preparations, Christian Nagel (co-owner of Earlybird) said: “It’s been a good year for us so far and we feel well prepared for the Worlds. We have virtually the same team as we did throughout 2008, including tactician Sten Mohr (DEN). Our crew work continues to improve and I am confident that this is integral to our results to date. We are looking forward to the start on Monday.”
Two of the teams to watch will be RW Bol’s Swan 45 No Limits (NED) and Vittorio Ruggiero’s Swan 45 TalJ (ITA), who are tied for first place in the Swan 45 Class Circuit after a full season of racing. Also hailing from The Netherlands is Nico Poon’s Charisma with Ray Davies (Team New Zealand) as tactician on board while fellow America’s Cup veteran Tommaso Chieffi (Team Shosholoza) will be calling tactics on Stefano Piccolo’s Swanted the local favourite.
The Rolex Swan 45 Worlds takes place annually and this is the first time the event has been open to charterers. Likewise, the wild cards are Joao Ferrer’s team on DSK-Capim Canela direct from Brazil having won the J24 Worlds in Annapolis earlier this year and Tony Buckingham’s (GBR) team onboard WISC.
In keeping with the ethos of the Class and the spirit of ClubSwan, the owners and teams will enjoy a full social programme shoreside including the VIP Owners Dinner at Il Pelicano and the Rolex Crew Party at the stunning Argentario Golf Resort.
As the heat wave continues in Italy, the outlook is for continued high pressure and moderate winds on the race course. Racing starts on Monday, 31 August.
|CAPIM - CANELA/DSK||Joao||FERRER||Brazil|
|EARLYBIRD||Christian NAGEL /||Hendrik BRANDIS||Germany|
|FEVER||Grant GORDON/||Klaus DIEDERICHS||Great Britain|
|MANDOLINO||Diego VISCONTI/||Martino OROMBELLI||Italy|
|RATS ON FIRE||Rafel||CARBONELL PUJOL||Spain|