First AC entry

Remarkably swing keeler to form part of Aussie team

Saturday November 9th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
The RORC have announced thier first official challenge for the 2003 Admiral’s Cup from the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, based just north of Sydney on Pittwater, New South Wales.

Founded in 1867, the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious yacht clubs. The 'Alfreds' boasts one of the finest yachting histories in Australia with many Olympic medalists, World Champions and National Champions amongst its members.

The nominated owners/charters are Bob Oatley who will be bringing his new swing keel Riechel/Pugh 60 footer Wild Oats and Colin O'Neil who will be chartering an IMS600 Class yacht.

Bob Oatley said that he is very excited about testing his new boat in the Solent and English Channel and all the challenges it will present.

Possible crewmembers involved include names such as Iain Murray, Mark Richards, Michael Coxon and Colin Beashel, together with a core of Australian sailors currently involved in the America's Cup in Auckland.

The RORC have been encouraged by support for the the Admiral’s Cup in Cowes from teams closer to home, with clubs in Greece, France, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Italy all working on teams.

It was recently announced that the 2003 Admiral’s Cup will take place in Cowes, Isle of Wight, from 10 to 23 July 2003 and NOT Dublin as previously planned.

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