Green goes Admirals Cup

GBR Challenge helm takes the wheel of the Sinergia 40

Friday May 30th 2003, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Peter Harrison today announced that Andy Green is to skipper the Sinergia 40 in the Sailability Admirals Cup Team 2003. Green's experience includes two America's Cup campaigns, the latest of which saw him as starting helmsman for GBR Challenge, Britain's first America's Cup entry for 14 years. Andy, from Southampton, also won the recent 2003 Laureus Regatta Match Racing event. He will be skipper on board the Synergia 40 for the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club entry, a team made up of 50% disabled sailors.

Overall Team Manager, Marc Fitzgerald commented: "It's great to have Andy on board. We are up against some exceptionally strong teams, but I'm confident that both our teams will excel at the event. Andy will be an invaluable addition to the team and his experience will help in all areas of the project. "

Andy commented; "I was very excited to be approached by Marc. Having never sailed in an Admirals Cup Regatta before, I'm looking forward to being involved. I have always wanted to do the Admirals Cup so this will be a huge challenge. Peter Harrison continues to support sailing in the UK and his support of Sailability shows his commitment to all sailors, not just the elite level."

"Sailing the Admirals Cup will be a big challenge for us all. Our Sinergia 40 is currently optimised for under 12 knots of breeze. We will have limited practise time on the water and will all have areas that need to be covered by others on the boat if we are to be truly competitive. If ever there will be a team effort, this is it!"

Sailing with Andy will be 17-year-old Hannah Stodel, former Young Sailor of the Year in 1998 and has since become a prominent example of how disabled sailors can compete on a level with able-bodied sailors. The second boat in the Cowes Corinithinan YC Team is Peter Harrison's Farr 50, Chernikeeff, skippered by Para-Olympic Gold medallist Andy Cassell. He will be hoping that his team, half of whom will also have disabilities, can pool their vast experience together to compete on equal terms with the best sailors in the world.

To contact Sailability, make a donation, give a prize or volunteer, please contact connie.power@ryasailability.org or call 0845 345 0403

Following their recent success in the IRM Championship, RORC, the other entry under the Sailability banner, are taking part in the 100 mile Offshore Myth of Malham Race on Farr 52, Chernikeeff 2, this weekend. Other Admirals Cup teams Bear of Britain and Team Tonic will also be competing.

The Farr 52 team consists of:
Jules Salter (Tactician)
Richard Sydenham (Tactician Sat, Sun)
Ian Budgen (Helm)
Mal Parker (Mainsheet)
Simon Nadin (Runners)
Mo Gray (Grinder)
Toby Isles (Trim)
Ian Tillet (Trim)
Moose (Grind)
Andy Meiklejohn (Pit)
Jez Elliot (Pit)
Lisa Anderson (Sewer)
Jon Morris (Mast)
Justin Slattery (Bow)
Stephanie Merry (guest)
Marc Fitzgerald (skipper/navigator).

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