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5 December 2005, 10:32 am
UPDATED: Brasil 1 Dismiss Navigator
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

Brasil 1 navigator Adrienne CAHALAN (AUS) said in a statement this morning she has been dismissed by the team, just a few days after they finished third in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006.
CAHALAN was navigator for Cheyenne when she broke the round the world non-stop record last year, has been a nominee for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards on several occasions and was the navigator on the all female entry Heineken back in the 1993-1994 Whitebread Round the World Race.

'Yesterday I was informed by team manager Alan ADLER that I was to be replaced as navigator on Brasil 1,' she said in a statement this morning. 'Regrettably it was not Torben [GRAEL (BRA) - the team's skipper] himself who told me of this decision. I am very disappointed not to be able to sail the remaining legs in the race with Brasil 1 and particularly the Southern Ocean legs coming in and out of Australia.

'I am and have been fully committed to both Brasil 1 and the Volvo Ocean Race for the past year and in light of our good results so far I was very surprised and disappointed to be told of Torben's decision.

'At this stage I do not know and am not able to confirm who will be named the new navigator in Brasil 1.'

However following CAHALAN's statement Brasil 1 issued the following...

"The Brasil 1 Team was surprised by Adrienne CAHALAN's statement that she was out of the team for the remaining of the Volvo Ocean Race. No decisions have been taken so far. This subject will be discussed in a meeting (on) Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.

"During the first leg, trimmer Marcelo FERREIRA was out of the sailing watches for some days due to a medical problem and Adrienne CAHALAN wasn't planned to take part in the watches. The only issue here being the great physical strength required for the job. The situation of having two crewmembers out of the sailing watches will be the subject of the scheduled meeting.

"The idea that will be discussed is having Adrienne on the Brasil 1 as team's meteorologist and including a navigator who will be a part of the sailing watches for the Southern Ocean legs. Afterwards, there is the possibility of having Adrienne back to the crew for the remainder of the race.

'That idea is still the one we are supporting: Adrienne has done an important job for the team and we do not want her to stop helping us.'

For a complete list of all the news about the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 CLICK HERE.

ISAF (source: Daily Sail). Image, Adrienne CAHALAN
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