Looking for the next Spice Girls

Concise owner Tony Lawson wants an all-girl crew to race his Class 40 to Grenada this autumn

Wednesday July 9th 2008, Author: Louay Habib, Location: United Kingdom
The hunt is on for an all-girl crew to take part in the Spice Race. The selected girls team will race the Class 40 yacht Concise against other Class 40s and IRC yachts in the inaugural event which starts on 15 November 2008 from the Royal Yacht Squadron Line and covers a distance of 4,321 nautical miles to Grenada in the West Indies.

Tony Lawson, CEO of the Spice Race and owner of the Class 40 Concise, announced. "I want a British, all-girl crew, to race Concise, which I will fund and I am inviting candidates to apply for the selection process. There is also interest from a Dutch girls team and hopefully a French girls team can be put together to form a 'race within a race."

Lawson is very keen to help young sailors gain experience, and break into the offshore circuit. In the TJV, his boat was raced by Dan Gohl and Tom Gall, who were the youngest team in the race. Concise, is an Akilaria 40 designed my Mark Lombard. Launched in 2007, Concise competed in the 2007 Trans Jacques Vabre, coming second in the prologue, and was the first Class 40 to finish the Round the Island this year. Akilaria 40s are popular boats in the fleet, having won the Class 40 Worlds 2007, and was the first production boat to finish the Artemis Transat and TJV. There are now over 20 Akilarias racing, all over the world.

Any girls who are interested in the opportunity should: explain why they would like to take part in the race, detail what they would bring to the team and send their sailing CV to info@spicerace.com

The Spice Race is a 'not for profit event' - the entry fees are being kept as low as possible to make it accessible to as many people as possible. To register your interest click here.

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