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14 February 2005, 10:20 am
Australia Announces Team
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Admiral's Cup 2005

Yachting Australia today announced the details of the Australian Team to attend the 2005 Admiral's Cup in Cowes, Isle of Wight (9-17 July 2005).

In 2003 the teams comprised of two boats nominated by a Yacht Club. A team representing the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, in Australia, won the event.

This year nominations are required for three boat national teams, endorsed by the relevant ISAF Member National Authority.

The members of the Australian team are:

Boat - Type - Owner

Wild Oats - IRC - Bob OATLEY

Foreign Affair - Mumm 30 - Richard PERINI

Ginger - Swan 45 - Leslie GREEN/Matt ALLEN

'Yachting Australia consider this to be a very strong team. We look forward to Australia's proud Admiral's Cup record being maintained,' said Yachting Australia's CEO Phil JONES.

'We are grateful to all the owners that registered interest in being involved,' Jones added.

The 2003 Cup winner Bob OATLEY will be looking to win back-to-back titles. Recently, the new Wild Oats finished second at the 2004 Maxi Worlds, first at the 2004 Canon Big Boat Challenge, and took line honours and IRC honours at the Strathfield Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Race.

Key members of the team will include Mark RICHARDS (Skipper), Iain MURRAY (Tactician), and Ian BURNS (Navigator).

Foreign Affair is the current Mumm 30 World Champion. Owner Richard Perini will select a crew from his World Champion winning team and his Farr 40 crew.

Ginger has international experience in the Swan 45 class. Key members of the team include Leslie GREEN (skipper), Matt ALLEN (Helmsman), Grant SIMMER (Tactician). Green has owned Ginger, the former Wild Joe for over 12 months and has campaigned the yacht in a number of regattas.

Simone Green/Sail-World
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