Frostad to skipper tri

For djuice dragon skipper joins the Oops Cup circuit

Wednesday March 31st 2004, Author: Jon Amtrup, Location: Scandinavia
Knut Frostad has bought the ex- Banque Covefi/Belgacom/Fujicolor 60ft trimaran and is going to join the Nordic trimaran circus Nokia Oops Cup this season. The tri is going to be relaunced as Academy and Frostad has rounded up a selection of his former round the world sponsors to come aboard as partners in a leader- and team development program.

"I am really looking forward too sailing fast in the Norwegian and Nordic waters with Academy. Our aim for the first season in Nokia Oops Cup is to learn more about trimaran sailing and give our partners value for their money," says Knut Frostad, the former skipper of Kvaerner Innovation and djuice dragons.

After he stepped ashore in Kiel after finishing Volvo Ocean Race with his pink djuice dragon, Frostad has sailed as crew for Thomas Coville on Sodebo in the ORMA circuit. It is with great joy he now steps up the ladder and again becomes skipper, this time on the ex- Banque Covefi.

This time the partners in Academy get to sail the trimaran in most of the special races organised prior to the Pro Races. Academy’s main object is to function as a platform for team- and leadership training. Knut Frostad has used his experience as two time skipper round the world to build up a course based on The Human Element theory in partnership with Swedish management consultants, Tropé & Schneede AB.

Frostads sports- and marketing company Dragonhead bought the 60 footer just in the end of March and hopes to sail the boat to Oslo, Norway in the end of April. The next couple of weeks are going to be extremely busy for the skipper.

"In the next four weeks we have too get Academy bright and shiny in her new colours on the water. It will require a lot of work and I will spend most of my time in Lorient to make sure that the work is going as planned," says Frostad.

Banque Covefi and skipper Steve Ravussin took seventh place in last year's ORMA circuit and Frostad expects the boat to be competitive among the other boats in Nokia Oops Cup.

"We are very happy that we managed to buy Banque Covefi and we are looking forward to sail her against the two Swedish and one Danish team in Nokia Oops Cup. We also have great expectations that Atlant, the managing firm of Nokia Oops Cups, will get a fifth team too join the cup. If that happens the Nordic trimaran circus will be almost half the size of this years ORMA fleet," says Frostad.

Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Helly Hansen, WM-data, Volvo and Simrad are the main partners in the project and all of them have been partners in Frostads former adventures round the world. This time they will enjoy a more local project that gives them a golden opportunity to get the most out of their partnership at a reasonable cost. All the partners have signed 2-3 years contracts.

Helly Hansen and Simrad are also going to fit out the crew and boat with their products and use the boat as a showcase for sailing world.

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