Sailability Admirals Cup

Monday, 02 June 2003
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For Immediate Release 30th May 2003 Andy Green joins Sailability Admirals Cup Team 2003 Peter Harrison today announced that Andy Green is to skipper the Synergia 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 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 we’ll be capable of challenging for the trophy. 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 Strodel, 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 will be skipper on board Peter Harrison’s Farr 50, Chernikeeff and 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 The Admiral’s Cup takes place in Cowes from the 10th – 23rd July 2003 with eight other teams entered from around the world. For further information, or editorial and copyright free photography, please contact: Virginia Page The GEM Group Tel: +44 1483 209 831 Mob: +44 780 398 7099 Email: vpage@gemgroup.com

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