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28 October 2005, 02:01 pm
Volvo Extreme 40 British Team Boosted By Olympic Addition
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Volvo Extreme 40 Grand Prix Series 2005-2006
Sanxenxo, Galicia, Spain

Tornado Olympian Hugh STYLES will be at the helm of the all British Team Basilica entry in the Volvo Extreme 40 series. STYLES's skills will compliment the other team members previously revealed for Team Basilica, who will be sailing their cat under the burgee of Hayling Island Sailing Club, bringing some extensive expertise previously seen in Olympic and world class racing events.
STYLES commented, 'After being introduced to Basilica and offered the opportunity to helm for the team, I could not say yes fast enough. The VX40 is the pinnacle of cat sailing, it is the extreme form of sailing to which every sailor strives. I am delighted and proud to be part of Team Basilica's VX40 British entry.'

Nick GORRINGE, Managing Director of Basilica Computing Ltd is a keen sailor himself. He recently took part in the Global Challenge 2004/2005, and expressed his pride in being able to back a truly British entry, 'We are delighted to have an all British team of Olympic and International sailors representing us in this new and exciting extreme multihull series.'

Team Basilica Profiles:

Hugh STYLES, Helm
An Olympic Tornado sailor who represented Team GBR at the Sydney Olympic Games 2000. He has won medals at World and European Championship levels. Previously ranked number two in the Tornado ISAF World Sailing Rankings, a position he held for two years running. Prior to switching to Tornado sailing STYLES was Laser European champion.

GREENHALGH has represented Great Britain at every level from the British Youth Squad to GBR at the Sydney Pre-Olympics 49er Class. With six years of Olympic sailing as his grounding, he then moved onto winning in the 18 foot skiffs with his brother Robert and became an integral part of J-UK, commissioning and coaching sports boats. Peter's brother Robert is also sailing on ABN Amro One in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Alister RICHARDSON, Crew
Twice young sailor of the year in Britain, RICHARDSON began his professional career at a young age. Moving on from youth sailing he decided to team up with Peter GREENHALGH embarking on six years of Olympic sailing. Since then he has sailed with STYLES in the Tornado and won the International 14 European and National Championships.

James GRANT, Crew
Having competed at all levels, GRANT found success in many of the skiff classes. He was an integral part of Robert GREENHALGH's Ultra 30 Grand Prix winning team. GRANT also found success in many of the top keel boat classes, for example Farr 40s, and again sailing with Robert GREENHALGH in the Tour de Voille to fourth place. Working in parallel with professional sailing, he has been coaching top youth sailors to become future Olympians.

For a complete list of all the news about the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 CLICK HERE.
Chris Leigh (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Hugh STYLES in action:© Nick Wilson/Allsport/Getty Images
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