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Hamilton Island Race Week - Gold Medallist Tom Slingsby to compete

by Rob Mundle on 7 Aug 2012
Peter Harburg’s 66-footer, Black Jack, will have Olympic Gold medallist Tom Slingsby aboard as tactician for next week’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week © Andrea Francolini / Audi http://www.afrancolini.com
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week gets underway next week when Australia’s new Olympic hero, sailing gold medallist Tom Slingsby, will be racing aboard Peter Harburg’s 66-foot sloop, Black Jack.

Slingsby, who convincingly won the gold medal in the Laser class on the Olympic sailing course off Weymouth yesterday, is scheduled to fly home early next week then almost immediately head for Hamilton Island where the regatta will begin on Saturday, August 18.

Harburg said that he and the crew of his yacht were looking forward to welcoming Slingsby back into the team after what had been, for him, an incredibly intense campaign to win gold.

‘Tom has been sailing with us as tactician for some of our major regattas in recent times, and every time he has been with us we seem to have stepped up a notch,’ said Harburg, who races out of Brisbane’s Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.

‘The fact that he has won five Laser world championships, and now an Olympic gold medal, tells you everything about him. His level of concentration and his ability to plan a successful result through superior tactics can only be described as unique.

‘At the same time he is very much a team player: he fits in perfectly with the ‘brains trust’ in the cockpit, including helmsman Mark Bradford, navigator Scott Walton, and our sail trimmer, three-time Olympian, Anthony Nossiter.’

Slingsby already knows about winning at Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. Last year he sailed as tactician aboard Marcus Blackmore’s yacht, Hooligan, which won the Grand Prix division. Ironically, it was Australia’s head coach for the Olympics, Victor Kovalenko, who trained that crew for Race Week.

Black Jack will be competing against some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best ocean racing yachts and crews for the Audi IRC Australian championship Grand Prix division at Race Week. The yacht was named after another Australian sporting legend, motor racing world champion, Sir Jack Brabham, a friend of Harburg’s.

Once Race Week is complete on August 25, Slingsby is scheduled to head to San Francisco where he will compete in an America’s Cup warm-up regatta for the Oracle syndicate, which will be defending the trophy next year. Audi Hamilton Island Race Week website
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