19 confirmed for Around Alone

Entry list for September's solo circumnavigation shaping up. James Boyd looks at the form
With the final deadline for Around Alone, the singlehanded round the world race with stops (formerly the BOC Challenge) now passed, Clipper Ventures have published the final entry list of particants. The list includes 19 skippers from 11 countries, with eight in Class I, 10 in Class II, and one Venturer Class entry. Although there are 166 days still to go until the 15 September start in Newport, RI, these skippers are firmly in the starting blocks and have paid the first £1,000 installment on their entry fee. Late entries will be considered until 1 August, and Clipper Ventures are aware of several campaigns, pending sponsorship, which intend to register. Among these are Mike Golding and Australian entry John Biddlecombe. Race organiser Sir Robin Knox-Johnston commented "Clipper Ventures is organising this historic event for the first time, and I am excited at the number and quality of skippers who will make this Around Alone a classic ocean race". The final deadline for race entries brought in two entries last week. Australian campaign, Global Quest Yachting, headed up by renowned ex-BOC Challenge skipper Kanga Birtles, has just appointed Spanish lawyer-cum-skipper Unai Basurko De Miguel as their entry into Class I. Secondly, professional short-handed yachtsman, 35 year old Australian Adam Lambert, has signed up in Class II. The form In class one the top competition is likely to be between Vendee Globe veterans Marc Thiercelin, Thierry Dubois and Franco-Swiss sailor Bernard Stamm. Pitched against them will be Italian Simone Bianchetti sailing Catherine Chabaud's potent Lombard design, the former Whirlpool. Graham Dalton, elder brother of Grant, has what potentially will be the hottest boat in the fleet - a new design by the Owen Clarke Design Group - but Dalton has little previous experience in long distance singlehanded racing. Californian Bruce Schwab is