Adrian STEAD and Glynn WILLIAMS have been selected by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to represent Great Britain in the inaugural Timberland Euro Prix, which starts in Italy on 1 May 2004.
Timberland Euro Prix organisers invited the RYA, as the Member National Authority, to enter a British team into the event. Interested parties were asked to submit a comprehensive proposal for consideration by the Racing Division's Offshore Group.
Dave ATKINSON, RYA Racing Services Manager stated: "It was a tough call. We had a number of serious contenders but the depth of knowledge that Adrian and Glynn have of this kind of event made them the most suitable team to represent Britain in this event".
The core of Stead and Williams crew will be those who, in conjunction with Stead, won the 2000 Tour de France a la Voile.
Stead is delighted to be involved: "Timberland Euro Prix is an excellent concept and one that we are really excited to take part in. It's the kind of event that the sailing calendar needs and one that we want to win. The prize fund of €250,000 certainly adds to the race's attractiveness but it's the chance to represent Great Britain against Europe's other nations that really excites me".
Glynn WILLIAMS is predicting success for the GB team: "We believe that we have the knowledge, talent and experience necessary to compete successfully in this race. Key factors for our success will be a good management and organisational structure and a large base of talented sailors".
Top names from the world of America's Cup and ocean sailing are named in the sailing squad which includes the likes of Andy HEMMINGS, Tim POWELL, Jules SALTER, Guy SALTER, Simon FRY, James STAGG and Stuart CHILDERLEY.
Race organiser Edward LEASK is excited to have Stead and Williams involved in the race: "We are delighted to have such a high calibre team on board. Ado certainly knows his way around events such as this and his enthusiasm endorses the event's credibility".
A unique element to the race is that at least two crew members must be aged 23 and under. Stead and Williams will select the British youth team members from the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme.
Timberland Euro Prix will pit nations head to head in a round Europe yacht race with a total prize fund of €250,000. The teams will race from Italy to Spain, Portugal, France, UK and Germany, finishing in Norway on 21 June.
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Timberland will also organise community support events, in which Timberland staff, local retailers, the port authority and competitors will participate, emphasising the company's commitment to community involvement on a global basis. The Timberland Euro Prix apparel range will be available in each race village as well as selected retail outlets.
For further information go to the event website at the address below.