Ken READ, skipper of PUMA Ocean Racing, officially announced his crew and management for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009, as the team gathered for official training in Newport, Rhode Island and prepared for the christening of its new boat on 12 May in Boston Harbour.
Among the crew, PUMA Ocean Racing represents six countries and has 21 past Volvo Ocean Race participations to its credit.
The sailing team members are: Andrew CAPE (AUS), Navigator; Rick DEPPE (USA), Media Specialist; Justin FERRIS (NZL), Trimmer/Driver; Sidney GAVIGNET
(FRA), Watch Captain; Jerry KIRBY (USA), Bowman; Jonathan MCKEE (USA), Trimmer/Driver; Michael MUELLER
(GER), Bowman/Trimmer; Chris NICHOLSON
(AUS), Watch Captain; Rob SALTHOUSE
(NZL), Trimmer/Driver and Casey SMITH (AUS), Bowman.
On the shore-team key management includes: Kimo WORTHINGTON (USA), General Manager, and Neil COX (AUS), Shore Team Manager.
Cumulatively, the management and sailing team for PUMA Ocean Racing shares a level of success difficult to match with five Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread Race wins, 20 America's Cup editions and five wins, along with four Olympic Games entries and two medals.
"A top programme is only as good as the people that manage it and drive it, and we are extremely fortunate to have such a diverse group of the world's best sailors signed on to help sail PUMA's Volvo 70 around the world as fast as possible," said skipper Ken READ (USA). "On the shore side, we have two first-class Volvo Ocean Race veterans managing the intricate logistics and support structure necessary for this race. All of these individuals combined with PUMA's commitment to the race and the strength of the brand are powerful elements that shape this team and will hopefully lead it to victory."
"Ken READ has assembled an impressive list of experienced and talented sailors, who will not only give PUMA Ocean Racing its best chance to win, but will represent PUMA and the sport of sailing in a special way as they travel 37,000 miles across the ocean," said Jochen ZEITZ, Chairman and CEO of PUMA AG.
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