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America's Cup- New Zealander appointed to America's Cup Race Mgt

by Stuart Alexander on 7 Oct 2010
33rd America’s Cup - BMW ORACLE Racing - Team and Challenge presentation special event BMW Oracle Racing © Photo Gilles Martin-Raget http://www.bmworacleracing.com

The revolving doors of the America’s Cup and the Audi MedCup, two of the top six pinnacles in world yacht racing, are spinning merrily as two directors join the board of America’s Cup Race Management and the man who founded the internet telecoms system, Skype, joins the TP52 class and the Audi MedCup circuit.

Zennstrom campaigns a 72-footer called Rán (pronounced Rahrn), named after a Norse sea goddess, and is having a new boat, designed by Ralf Vrolijk, and being built by Green Marine in Lymington at the bottom of the New Forest.

He plans to drive the boat, one of least four which are being built for the 2011 season, himself, will be recruiting a top professional crew and has again turned to Tim Powell to run the project. Powell came to prominence in the Dolphin and Youth team of the 1989/90 Whitbread, now Volvo, round the world race. He was recognised as an exceptional offshore helmsman.

He has stated clearly that, despite some speculation, he is not interested in mounting an America’s Cup campaign, either on behalf of Britain – he lives in London – or his native Sweden. His endorsement of the MedCup circuit adds momentum to a class and competition which, at one stage in the 2010 series, looked in danger of stalling as some America’s Cup teams signalled their move back to a competition which has a programme of multihull racing in 2011.

When the wingsail catamarans were announced by the holder, BMW-Oracle, last month it was thought there would be three regattas in a new AC45 class of winged catamaran. Already, it seems, that has been raised to five regattas, though some venues may host more than one regatta.

They will be organised by the newly-formed America’s Cup Race Management company, headed by Australia’s Iain Murray with Britain’s Andy Hindley as chief operating officer.

Under the terms of the ‘protocol’ for the 2013 Cup, the board of ACRM will have Murray as its CEO, a representative of BMWOR and the challenger of record, the Club Nautico di Roma’s Mascalzone Latino, and two others nominated by the World Team Sailing Association, which stages its last regatta in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series next month in Dubai.

In a telephone ballot, before which Britain’s Team Origin resigned its position, the New Zealand lawyer Jim Farmer, a long-time associate of Team New Zealand, predictably took the first seat.

For the rest of this story http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/general/sailing/changes-for-americas-cup-and-audi-medcup-2099610.html!click_here and also hear the audio as Skype founder Niklas Zennstrom talks to Stuart Alexander
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