International Team Racing

Battle commences Saturday in Dun Laoghaire

Friday May 9th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
The two host nation squads competing in the Chubb Insurance International Team Racing Challenge at Dun Laoghaire will be the first to begin racing tomorrow morning (Saturday 10th May) when the local Combined Clubs face the East Coast Sigmas side.

That race will form part of two 48 race Round Robin series to be staged over the weekend that will decide the event. Three teams from the United States will race against five counterparts from the European side of the Atlantic to determine the return match of The Patriots Cup held in Newport, Rhode Island.

Previously held on the The Solent, the switch to the Irish venue this year was a result of the massive growth in the Sigma 33 fleet on Dublin Bay since 1998 when the local fleet swelled from six to 34 boats. Owners have loaned their yachts to the event and the 24 boats were allocated to the teams this evening:

Team New York YC
Gwilli Two Phyl Lotz
Tahoe Heather Gregearl
Upstart Chris Bouzaid

Team Scotland
Archetron Roy Summers
Pippa IV Kevin Aitkin
Springer Simon Pender

Ida Lewis SC
Blue Peregrine Charlie Shoemaker
Dear Buoy Dan Faria
Matico George Kirk

Combined Clubs
Boojum Tom Fitzpatrick
Moonshine Pierce Butler
Popje Ted McCourt

Hamble River SC
Flyover Sean Barber
Insider TBC
Powder Monkey Philip Meakins

Storm Trysail SC
Leeuwin Whitey Russell
Scorcher Tony Parker
White Mischief Dan Rugg

East Coast Sigmas
Rupert Paddy Varian
Shillelagh Dermod Baker
War Dance Neil Love

Sigma 33 Class
Shadowfax Nick Ewart-Smith
Lucent Ben Richards
Oxygen Tim Goodbody

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