Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sailing down under

Sailing team coach and multiple time A-Class world champion Glenn Ashby (AUS) has invited some of the BMW ORACLE Racing sailing team down to Australia over the holidays for some multihull racing.

The idea, according to Ashby, is for the guys, "to get as much racing in as possible over the next two weeks. They'll compete against each other and then the rest of the top A-Class sailors in Australia and New Zealand in the Australian Championships, which begin just after Christmas."

Spending the holidays down under are sailing team members Jimmy Spithill (AUS), John Kostecki (USA), Dirk 'Cheese' de Ridder (NED), Noel Drennan (IRL) and coach Ashby.

"They will need to trim, steer, make tactical decisions and do it all on their own, which will make for some good fun and learning outside the box," Ashby said. "And all of this on boats and bodies of water that the guys are mostly unfamiliar with."

The guys are training under Glenn's watchful eye out of the McCrae Yacht Club on the Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria, Australia. The Australian A-Class Championships will be held at Safety Beach Sailing Club a few kilometres to the east.