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15 September 2006, 09:19 am
Double Olympic Gold Medallist Joins The Fray
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Dubarry J/24 European Championship 2006
Poole, Great Britain

Double Olympic gold medallist and new mother Shirley ROBERTSON (GBR) has announced that she will be competing in the Dubarry J/24 European Championship, which takes place at Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole, Great Britain from 22-29 September.
Over 40 boats have already entered for the event, including current title holders Ian SOUTHWORTH (GBR) and his crew on Hedgehog . With their focus previously on top contender Ivo KOK from Holland, the last minute entry from ROBERTSON on Volvo, will add to the field of top quality contenders in this closely fought fleet.

SOUTHWORTH said, 'This is a great class and a prestigious title. We are planning to retain the J/24 European title for Great Britain, and are delighted to welcome Shirley and her crew to the event. Hopefully she'll encourage fellow Olympians back to the original and still best one design class.'

With over 40 entries from throughout Europe and also one entry from New Zealand, the competitors in the Dubarry J/24 European Championship benefit directly from the sponsorship provided by Dubarry, with the top ten winning boats getting their crew kitted out in Dubarry's performance GORE-TEX® boots and deck shoes. Dubarry will also be presenting memorable perpetual trophies, which are life sized pewter replicas of Dubarry's Shamrock boot and Clipper deck shoe.

Jon DOWTY (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Shirley ROBERTSON is all set for the Europeans:© Ben RADFORD/Getty Images
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