K-Yachting International and American sailor Dawn Riley (USA) join forces in the challenge initiated by France's K-Yachting.
Riley has sailed in this legendary event three times and twice in the Whitbread Round the World Race. Since last America's Cup in 2000, she often reaffirmed her fascination with the famous silver pitcher, the true sailing "Everest". Riley's expertise and focus are two of the reasons that K-Yachting International decided to join forces with her on this ambitious project.
With America's Cup XXXIIth in 2006 as a target, K-Yachting International's project will have a different approach, one which gives a key role to the human factor. An additional goal will be to develop a generation of a very highly talented crewmembers, who are able to meet the America's Cup's level of demand. Dawn Riley, who said - and proved - that "if you can dream it, you can do it", is the very person for the management of this new sailing program, which will begin as soon as 2002.
Dawn Riley Career Summary:
- Born in 1964 in Detroit (Michigan), USA
- Member of the US Sailing Team (Yngling class) for 2004 Olympic Games in Athens
- CEO and Captain of America True (first woman to manage an America's Cup syndicate) in 2000 America's Cup
- Captain of America3, the first all-women's team in 1995 America's Cup
- Skipper of Heineken, the all women's entry in the 1993-94 Whitbread Round the World Race
- Pitman for America3, winner of 1992 America's Cup (first woman to have an active role on an America's Cup team)
- Watch captain/engineer on Maiden, the first all-women's team in the 1989-90 Whitbread Round the World Race