Canada's fifth ever America's Cup challenger


We speak to Kevin Reed, head of Red Maple Racing
Canada could well be making its fifth appearance in the America’s Cup arena following on from its challenges in 1876, 1888, 1983 and 1987. The final one of these, the combined Secret Cove/TrueNorth, was spearheaded by businessman Paul Phelan who competed in Fremantle in Canada II, a 12 metre designed by Laser creator Bruce Kirby and skippered by Laser World Champion and 1984 Finn bronze medallist, Terry Neilson. Challenging through the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, the newly formed Red Maple Racing is being spearheaded by Kevin Reed and the familiar figure of Paul Henderson. Reed, who retired earlier this year from the world of finance, says he had planned on becoming a cattle rancher for a while. “It turns out that that was short lived because the farm land business is turning into big business, there is a lot of money falling in globally to farm land. My business is mainly finance.” Henderson was Canada’s Soling and Finn representative at the 1964 and 1968 Olympic Games, but is of course better known for his 10 year tenure as President of ISAF. Operationally Reed handles the business side, the finding of potential sponsors, while Henderson will run the sailing program. “I have been an America’s Cup fan for three decades,” says Reed. “I am an avid sailor, although I wouldn’t say I am anywhere near any kind of racer, not like Paul Henderson or any of those guys. But I love the area of sailing.” Like most Canadian kids, Reed grew up with ice hockey as his principle sport and this took him across to Austria where he played for Grazz. “I have always been attracted to sailing, and a lot of the aspects are similar to hockey: the team aspect, no one person usually wins it for you, but one person can

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