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Extreme Sailing Series - Team Korea to debut with Kiwi at the helm

by Extreme Sailing Series on 23 Feb 2013
Extreme Sailing Series action in Muscat, Oman Lloyd Images © http://lloydimagesgallery.photoshelter.com/
The opening Act of the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series will commence in Muscat, Oman in just over one week’s time where Team Korea, the Korean America’s Cup syndicate, skippered by Kiwi Peter Burling, Olympic silver medallist from London 2012, will line up for their Extreme 40 debut.

At 22 years of age, Burling is the youngest skipper in the Extreme 40 fleet, but age aside, the Kiwi has already earned his stripes in the international sailing arena.

Not only does he already have two Olympic Games and a silver medal in the high-performance 49er class to his name, Burling is hoping his experience as skipper of Team Korea in the AC World Series help him adapt to the short course stadium format of the Extreme Sailing Series quickly.

'I’m really excited about getting into the circuit, the racing looks really tough and I’m sure it will take a bit to find our feet. However the 49er and AC racing I have done in the past should hold us in good stead. I’m lucky to have a few very experienced crew on board to help fast track things.'

Calling tactics onboard will be Burling’s London 2012 silver medal winning 49er crew Blair Tuke (NZL), while Extreme 40 veteran and British Olympian, Mark Bulkeley, who is now entering his fifth season in the Extreme Sailing Series will be the teams Mainsail trimmer, a role he fulfilled in 2012 with GAC Pindar. Matt Cornwall (GBR), considered one of the most diverse sailors around with accolades ranging from Match Racing World Champion, to winning the Sydney-Hobart race as well as America’s Cup and Extreme 40 experience, will take on the role of Bowman.

In another first for Korea, the fifth crew member, who will be announced shortly, will be a Korean national, as part of Team Korea’s long term goal to develop a national sailing team. Team Korea was founded by Kim Dong Young, Team Principal and CEO, with the ambition of boosting public interest and attracting new people to take up the sport of sailing.

Young commented: 'We are realistic that it will be challenging for Team Korea to adapt to a new class, however we have put together an extremely strong team and a team we believe can be competitive within this world class fleet. Over time we aim to grow a national team of Korean sailors who can compete internationally and feel the Extreme 40 is the right boat for us to do that on and introduce our sailors to multihull racing.'


Team Korea will face experienced Extreme 40 teams including defending champion and one of the UK’s top multihull sailors Leigh McMillan on The Wave, Muscat, double Olympic gold medallist and Austria’s most successful summer sports star Roman Hagara and his energy-fueled team on Red Bull Sailing Team, and twice winner of the America’s Cup and winner of the Extreme Sailing Series in 2008 Alinghi led by Ernesto Bertarelli. However, surely even these experienced skippers will be keeping a close eye on Burling and his men, an as yet unknown entity in the Extreme Sailing Series who will be looking to quickly mark their mark. The full Muscat crew-lists will be announced on the 26th February.

Read more about Team Korea here.

http://www.extremesailingseries.com/" target="_blank">Extreme Sailing Series website

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