Monday, August 2, 2010

About the 1851 Cup

Racing for The 1851 Cup begins tomorrow afternoon with three races planned on the Solent. The first warning signal isn’t expected before 3:30 pm BST. Racing will be held as close to West Cowes as possible for spectator viewing.

The regatta will be sailing in our V5 America’s Cup Class sloops. TEAMORIGIN will race USA 87, while skipper Jimmy Spithill and crew will be aboard USA 98.

Joining Spithill aboard 98 are teammates Rodney Daniel (runners), Dirk de Ridder (mainsheet), Shannon Falcone (mast), Ross Halcrow (upwind trimmer), Murray Jones (traveler), John Kostecki (tactician), Jono MacBeth (grinder), Brian MacInnes (grinder), Matt Mason (pit), Ian Moore (navigator), Joe Newton (downwind trimmer), Gillo Nobili (grinder), Joe Spooner (grinder), Simeon Tienpont (grinder), Piet van Nieuwenhuyzen (bow) and Brad Webb (mid-bow).

While the two teams race each other on the Solent, the public will have an opportunity to view the America’s Cup. The trophy will be on display daily beginning at 10:00 am until early evening.

USA 98 on the Solent amid Cowes Week participants

USA 98 and USA 87 on the Solent

The USA 98 crew prepares for a takedown

In the cockpit aboard USA 98

Grinders in action