Thursday, March 4, 2010

Nice Ink - Bendigo Advertiser: Ashby a hometown hero

Sailing team coach Glenn Ashby enjoys some well deserved press in his hometown newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser.

An excerpt: ALTHOUGH Australia has not won the America’s Cup since 1983, Australian sailors have helped international syndicates win one of the world’s greatest contests.

Among those Australians is Glenn Ashby, a Bendigo boy at heart, who has now conquered sailing’s greatest challenge.

Ashby, who first began his sailing career at Bendigo Yacht Club, can now add winning the America’s Cup, with the US-based crew on BMW Oracle to his list of achievements.

The 2008 Olympic Tornado multi-hull class silver medallist was employed as the head coach of the Oracle sailing team, after Oracle’s James Spithill suggested he take up the position with the American team.

“One of the Australian guys was actually steering the boat, James Spithill, and he got me to go and do some coaching when they found out that the 33rd America’s Cup was going to be held in multi-hulls,’’ Ashby said...

Read full story here.