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Chris Draper departs Team Korea

Kim Dong-Young's team to announce new skipper in 2012

Tuesday December 13th 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: Korea, South

Following an exciting start to White Tiger Challenge’s America’s Cup campaign this year, Chris Draper and Team Korea have agreed to part at the conclusion of their arrangement for first three ACWS regattas.

Presently ranked equal fourth overall in the America’s Cup World Series, the team has enjoyed tremendous success through an eventful period from its start up earlier this year and is looking to the next phase with continued development and experience.

Reflecting on his involvement with the team Draper said: "Being part of Korea’s first Americas’ cup challenge has been an incredible experience. I am very grateful to Kim Dong-Young and the other members of the team for putting so much trust in me and providing such a great opportunity to perform on the water. It has been a huge experience and one that I will always look back on with pride, however there are other opportunities that I cannot overlook, and so I would like to wish Team Korea all the best of success and good luck for the future."

Team Korea CEO Kim Dong-Young added: "Chris has done a superb job and been very valuable in helping us grow through the first ACWS events. From the start we agreed we would review our respective goals on completion of these regattas and review the lessons learnt from both sides, and I have nothing but the highest admiration for what Chris has achieved for us. It has been a pleasure working with him, and I wish him good fortune in his next challenge. In the meantime our plans progress and we shall be making further announcements shortly.”

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