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5 April 2005, 12:13 pm
A New Look For The Skandia Squad
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Skandia Cowes Week 2005
Cowes, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

Skandia, has linked up with the United Kingdom Sailing Academy (UKSA) to revamp the format of it's squad competing at this year's Skandia Cowes Week, with the aim of introducing new crews to the regatta.
Traditionally, Skandia Squad members have been selected from crews already planning to compete during the Week. Hopefuls have applied to sail as one of Skandia's core values: commitment, contribution, courage, creativity, and passion and each of the five boats has sailed in different classes.

This year, Skandia, together with the UKSA, is throwing open the search by targeting the UK's sailing clubs, looking for sailors of all abilities who may not usually have the opportunity to sail at Skandia Cowes Week.

Crews will be selected from five different regions of the UK and all will compete in the Sonar class. Each team will consist of three sailors who will be joined by a fully qualified UKSA instructor. Full board and accommodation is being provided in Cowes by the UKSA and each team is also being given the use of a Sonar in which to compete.

'We felt the time was right to open up the squad to people who may not have the resources or experience to compete at Skandia Cowes Week,' says Skandia's sponsorship manager, Tim SEWELL. 'By linking with the UKSA, we are able to invite sailors of all abilities - and that includes disabled sailors - to apply. This new format provides a fantastic opportunity for sailors in the UK who perhaps thought racing at Skandia Cowes Week was out of their reach.'

Skandia Cowes Week this year runs from 30 July-6 August. It is a firmly established fixture in the traditional line-up of British Summer 'Season' events and is the longest-running and largest sailing regatta in the world and was first held in 1826.

Skandia Cowes Week attracts up to 1,000 competing yachts and some 8,000 competitors from leading Olympic and professional sailors to families pushing their cruising yachts to new limits and it is one of the world's leading pro-am events.

Applications for the Skandia Squad will be considered from teams residing in the UK but all team members must be over the age of 18 years.

Entries can be made by post to: Skandia Squad Entries, Skandia, FREEPOST SO1641, Southampton SO14 7AY or by emailing: Skandia.squad@skandia.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 13 June 2005.

Peta Stuart-Hunt (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Red Arrows At Cowes Week 2004:© Polly Durrant/On Edition/CCC Ltd
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