Please select your home edition
Edition
RS Sailing 2020 - RSSS - LEADERBOARD

TOP AMERICA'S CUP SKIPPERS - A PRESS CONFERENCE IN BERMUDA.

by John Roberson on 16 Oct 2000
HAMILTON, BERMUDA (October 16, 2000) - Skippers from most of the confirmed
teams for the next America's Cup, will attend a press conference in Bermuda
during the final event of this year's Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing
Tour, the Colorcraft Gold Cup.

The press conference will take place at the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club on
Tuesday, October 24th at 4:00 p.m. EST, and will feature:-

Dennis Conner
Russell Coutts
Peter Gilmour
Chris Dickson
Dean Barker
Ed Baird
James Spithill
Andy Green
John Cutler

The "State of the America's Cup" press conference will be hosted by the
well known "voice of sailing" Peter Montgomery from New Zealand, and will
be a suitable curtain raiser to the Colorcraft Gold Cup, in which all these
skippers are participating.

Media can place questions prior to the press conference by visiting
www.swedishmatchgp.com, the official Web site of the Swedish Match Grand
Prix Sailing Tour.

Media unable to attend can also log on to the web site to view the event
live on-line.

For more information contact:

Shawn McBride at +1 203-352-6323 or shawn.mcbride@octagon.com.

Or log on to www.swedishmatchgp.com for the most recent news and
information on the Swedish Match Grand Prix Sailing Tour.


Details of participating skippers:-

Ed Baird - United States

Skipper of the New York Yacht Club's Young America in Auckland, 42-year-old
Baird is a Rolex Yachtsman of the Year. Baird was part of the winning Team
New Zealand for the 1995 America's Cup as sailing coach.

Dean Barker - New Zealand

Last winter 27-year-old Kiwi Dean Barker sprang to public prominence when
he became the youngest-ever skipper to take the helm of a boat in an
America's Cup race. With the departure of Team New Zealand leader Russell
Coutts for Switzerland, Aucklander Barker now heads the hometown sailing
team with the job of defending the Cup in 2003.

Dennis Conner - United States

He has won the America's Cup four times and lost it twice. Now, Conner,
from San Diego is heading the New York Yacht Club's 2003 challenge for the
America's Cup. That campaign will come 20 years after the fateful 1983 loss
of the Cup when Conner became known as the man who lost the Cup for the New
York YC.

Russell Coutts - New Zealand

Planning and executing a successful defense of the America's Cup for Team
New Zealand has kept Kiwi skipper Russell Coutts from the match racing
circuit and as a result his world ranking is a dismal 96th. The 38-year-old
Aucklander has now moved to Switzerland with his core match racing team
where he is skipper and executive director of Ernesto Bertarelli's new
Swiss challenge for the America's Cup from the Societe Nautique of Geneva.

John Cutler - New Zealand

He has a home on the north shore of Auckland in his native New Zealand, but
Cutler has spent much of the last decade racing under other flags in other
parts of the world. He was tactician for Japan's Nippon Challenge for the
America's Cup in San Diego in 1992 and 1995 and skippered Dawn Riley's
America True challenge in Auckland last winter. Now he will be based in San
Francisco for the next three years as Sailing Team Manager of Larry
Ellison's Oracle Racing Team challenge for the next America's Cup.

Chris Dickson - New Zealand

Aucklander Chris Dickson first came to international public attention in
1986-87, as New Zealand's feisty young skipper at the helm of the "Plastic
Fantastic" Kiwi 12-Metre, sparring against Dennis Conner for the right to
challenge Australia for the America's Cup. In America's Cup sailing he
skippered for Japan in 1992 and for his own Tag Heuer syndicate in 1995.
Now in San Francisco, California, Dickson is skipper of Oracle Racing Team
challenge for the America's Cup.

Peter Gilmour - Australia

Now preparing for his fifth America's Cup campaign, Australian Peter
Gilmour will lead the Seattle based OneWorld Challenge for the Cup in 2003.
"Gilly" made his debut as starting helmsman for the Australian defense in
1987 when the Cup was sailed off Fremantle, which is his home. He was most
recently the skipper of Japan's Nippon Challenge during the last Cup in
Auckland. He is ranked fifth in the world.

Andy Green - Britain

At the America's Cup in Auckland he was rules advisor to Hawaii's
Abracadabra challenge. Later, he organized the purchase of two
International America's Cup Class boats for British owners and is
instrumental in building interest in an UK challenge for the Cup.

James Spithill - Australia

In 2000 this young Aussie became the youngest competitor ever in the
America's Cup, when he secured funding for his Young Australia challenge.
It's a mark of this 21-year-old Sydney prodigy's prowess on the starting
line that American Paul Cayard fought to have him join Cayard's AmericaOne
challenge as a training partner for the America's Cup after Spithill's
Young Australia team was eliminated from Louis Vuitton Challenger
competition in Auckland. Cup rules prevented the move, but Cayard's bid
solidified Spithill's brief but growing reputation as a match race talent.

Related Articles

The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Official Film
A race which will be remembered for the brutal conditions The 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race is remembered for brutal conditions which dismasted or otherwise damaged large portions of the six boat fleet from the start, with half the boats retiring on Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town.
Posted on 30 May
Flushing Sailing Club Lockdown Lecture Series
The first two talks are by world renowned Mark Rushall Flushing Sailing Club is pleased to announce the first two webinars in its new Lockdown Lecture series which are open to all.
Posted on 30 May
Wave Regatta on for September
Set to be the focal Irish sailing regatta for 2020 Given the seismic shake-up that has been done to the sporting calendar this year, Wave Regatta will certainly be the focal Irish sailing regatta for 2020.
Posted on 30 May
Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez en route
Adapting in line with the global health situation In line with the global health situation, the organisers of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez remain on alert. The goal: to maintain what has for decades made the success of these regattas unique to the world for modern and classic boats.
Posted on 30 May
Honor Preston Volunteer Award nominations open
Celebrating, encouraging and supporting a positive change in the attitude to diversity The RYA is delighted to introduce the brand new Honor Preston Award that will be included as part of the RYA Volunteer Awards that recognise the outstanding contributions of volunteers across the UK.
Posted on 30 May
ORC Race Management Guide now available
New publication gives guidance for race organizers and sailors using the ORC system The members of the Race Management Committee led by Hans-Eckhard ("Ecky") von der Mosel and the management and staff at the ORC are pleased to announce the publication of a project that has put together the knowledge and expertise of many ORC contributors
Posted on 30 May
Experience an engineering marvel: The Panama Canal
Passage through the Panama Canal is a bucket list highlight For everyone taking part in the Clipper Round The World Yacht Race, the passage through the Panama Canal is a bucket list highlight.
Posted on 30 May
Introducing The Boat Timer App
Running club races with fewer people (and a computer) As sailing clubs in the UK are opening some of their facilities after the CoronaVirus pandemic crisis, they have also considered a limited return to racing.
Posted on 30 May
Thinking about launching?
Don't forget the importance of safety! Get ready for the new season and make sure your safety is in order with some essential products from TridentUK.
Posted on 30 May
Solo Class National Club Race Event
Something for the class to look forward to in July With so many events having been cancelled in 2020, the National Solo Class Association were keen to find a way to give all its members something else to look forward to.
Posted on 30 May