Action packed year for Rob Greenhalgh

Sally Collison /
The skiff ace is back with Puma but also has Tour Voile and Melges 32 campaigns
Hamble’s own son Rob Greenhalgh must be one of the busiest men in yachting at present. The last two weekends have seen him winning the Audi Melges 32 East Coast Championships on Long Island Sound on Leenabarca with Alex Jackson, also the owner of the Juan K-designed supermaxi Speedboat, following this up with a win on board Anthony O’Leary’s Ker 39 Antix at the Irish IRC Championships in Dun Laoghaire last weekend. And this is just the prelude to a busy year ahead on both sides of the Atlantic. “It is amazing how busy it is – it seems to be busier than ever in this recession. I can’t complain at all,” says Greenhalgh. But when we speak to him he has a day off and is busy hunting bass on the Hamble River. While Greenhalgh was part of the TeamOrigin line-up that crewed Speedboat during her first season, this is his first year with Jackson on the Melges 32 and he says this year their aim is the World Championship in San Francisco at the end of September following the Rolex Big Boat Series (which will be their Pre-Worlds). “They are good boats, I quite like them,” says Greenhalgh of the 32. “They are quite similar to Mumm 30, but with the A sail. It is a competitive class and a lot of people are spending money on it, but it is relatively new, so there is quite a lot of room for improvement. It will be an interesting year and having the Worlds in San Francisco is always good because it is a fun venue.” In theory they have a couple more Melges 32 events to sail before the Pre-Worlds, but this is dependent on owner Alex Jackson’s schedule and also the program with Speedboat, for the supermaxi has been taken out