sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Eight teams signed so far for 2008 iShares Cup

Eight teams signed so far for 2008 iShares Cup

'BT chases down Homaltro. iShares Cup Skandia Cowes Week 2007. © DPPI / OC Events www.isharescup.com'    Extreme 40s©

Eight top quality teams have signed-up so far for 2008 iShares Cup and with the Extreme 40 catamaran fleet now numbering 14 boats, there is potential that even more will make the start line of the five iShares Cup events, which begin in Lugano, Switzerland, on May 30.

The entry list reads like a Who's Who of sailing, bursting with the very best skippers and crews in the sport. America's Cup sailors will be lining up against Olympic medallists, ocean racers, and world champions, all coming together on the unique iShares Cup sailing circuit.

With the next America's Cup looking set to take place in multi-hulls, the Swiss Defender Alinghi will be putting their cat-sailing skills to the test in this year's iShares Cup. America's Cup-winning helmsman Ed Baird has been putting in plenty of training in the Extreme 40 with the Alinghi crew in Valencia. Even this multiple world champion admitted that the powerful catamarans can be pretty challenging: 'It was hard at first - going down from 17 to just four crew, but after the initial learning curve it got to be pretty exciting!' He compared the spectator-friendly iShares Cup city courses to recent America's Cup racing close to the shore in Valencia, saying: 'It's a good kind of racing for the sport to have, as the shorter the race the more evenly matched the boats are.'

TEAMORIGIN, the British Challenger for the next multi-challenger America's Cup, will also be lining up in the series. Current iShares Cup champion Robert Greenhalgh, who skippered the winning boat on last year's circuit, leads the team. Rob is joined by his brother Peter, a top skiff sailor and part of the 2007 winning Extreme 40 crew, as well as other key members of the British Cup squad.

This year's series has also drawn double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson back to the Extreme 40, having competed in two events at last year's iShares Cup. 'Last year really whetted my appetite, but this year's going to be a bit different with the pro teams really upping the ante,' she explained. 'I love the boats and am really looking forward to going sailing on them again.'

Shirley will once again take the helm of JPMorgan Asset Management, showing her mettle as the sole female skipper on the circuit.

Also making a return to the circuit following a successful season in 2007 is the Dutch Holmatro team, who finished runners-up last year. Austrian multiple cat racing champion Andreas Hagara will helm the distinctive orange boat, while their mastman Gerd Habermuller is a former Olympic bobsleigh crew - well suited to the acceleration of an Extreme 40!

Another largely Dutch crew looking for a big finish at the series finale in Amsterdam is the Volvo Ocean Race team. Crew Gerd-Jan Poortman, Simeon Tienpont and Arend van Bergeijk have plenty of miles under their belts, each having completed gruelling Volvo Ocean Race or Whitbread Round the World Races, while skipper Herbert Dercksen is a three-times catamaran world champion.

There's more ocean racing talent on board the BT Extreme 40, which is skippered by solo and record-breaking round the world sailor Nick Moloney. The Aussie helm will be joined by a top-quality crew including British Olympian Steve Mitchell, who competed at the Games in the tough Star class.

BT at the iShares Cup Skandia Cowes Week 2007. © DPPI / OC Events www.isharescup.com -  Extreme 40s©  

There's a strong Kiwi contingent on board Team Aqua, with former Team New Zealand America's Cup sailor Cameron Appleton taking on the role of skipper and joined by fellow countryman Andrew Estcourt. Brit Alister Richardson, who took part in the very first Extreme 40 races two years ago, will drive Team Aqua and is looking forward to the bigger and better 2008 iShares Cup: 'I raced during the first season when we had five boats out, so 10 boats will certainly make it exciting!'

This season will also see title partner iShares host a team in the iShares Cup for the first time. iShares will be skippered by British former Olympic Tornado sailor Hugh Styles and consist of a core talented crew. The team will be joined by famous local sailors as guest crew, or celebrities taking the role of 'fifth man', at each stop on the circuit. With plenty of followers at each of the five events on the calendar, the iShares team can look forward to vocal support from the spectators!

The 2008 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series takes in five European venues, each chosen for their fantastic sailing and viewing opportunities - from the spectacular Swiss lake of Lugano, to the bustling centre of UK sailing at Skandia Cowes Week, before bringing high speed sailing action right into the heart of the city at the event finale in Amsterdam.

2008 iShares Cup official team entries as at 02.04.08:

Alinghi / Ed Baird
BT / Nick Moloney
Holmatro / Andreas Hagara
iShares / Hugh Styles
JPMorgan Asset Management / Shirley Robertson
Team Aqua / Cameron Appleton
TEAMORIGIN / Rob Greenhalgh
Volvo Ocean Race / Herbert Dercksen

2008 iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series venues:
Switzerland, Lugano: 30 May-1 June
France, venue tbc: 13-15 June
UK at Skandia Cowes Week: 2-4 August
Germany, venue tbc: 29-31 August
Netherlands, Amsterdam: 19-21 September

Follow all the action and find out more about the teams at the new event website http://www.iSharesCup.com




by OC Events media

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=43212

7:55 PM Wed 2 Apr 2008 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on


Related News Stories:

10 Dec 2013  Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
09 Dec 2013  OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
16 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
16 Jun 2013  Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
16 Jun 2013  Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
16 Jun 2013  Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
16 Jun 2013  NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
25 Apr 2013  Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
07 Mar 2013  Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
03 Mar 2013  RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World











America's Cup Book Review: Winging It - Oracle Team USA's comeback *Feature by Richard Gladwell Sail-World.com/nz,




Rolex China Sea Race 2014 - nip and tuck for IRC honours by RHKYC and Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia, Hong Kong


























HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle














America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz, Auckland, NZ












Image gallery: James Cook High's Royal encounter on Steinlager 2 *Feature
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew
SSV Oliver Hazard Perry joins America's Tall Ship fleet + Video
2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Glorious conditions prevail on final day
WWA Pro Card Qualifier - Pro Cards earned at Freedom Wake Park
Christmas Caribbean Rally - Top class sailors to compete
Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design   
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager   
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature   
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall   
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in   
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences   
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco   
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
X6XL VIR US