Friday, January 09, 2009

Glenn Ashby, six times A-Cat World Champion, to join BMW Oracle in San Diego

[Source: The Bendigo Advertizer] Glenn Ashby is about to embark on a one-month trial in the United States that could lead to a role in the world’s most prestigious sailing event - the America’s Cup.

Later this month the Strathfieldsaye sailor will head to the world-famous San Diego Yacht Club where he will begin a four-week stint with the BMW Oracle Racing team.

BMW Oracle was the American challenger in the 2007 America’s Cup, which was won by Swiss boat Alinghi.

“I’m going to do some sailing with the America’s Cup crew on their big trimaran,” Ashby said.

Glenn Ashby, six times A-Cat World Champion. Belmont, Australia, 5 January 2009. Photo copyright Andrea Francolini

“I’ll do some coaching work with them in San Diego, which is a wonderful opportunity for me. BMW Oracle is one of the main contenders for the next America’s Cup in 2010.

“It could lead to a spot on the crew for the next America’s Cup, but that’s a long way down the track at this stage. If the opportunity arose to be part of an America’s Cup team I’d love to be part of it.

“The Olympic level is one end at the elite level of the sport and the America’s Cup is the other ultimate level of sailing and yacht racing that I’d like to experience - not just for the racing side of things, but the design aspects and technology. The technology these guys have access to is pretty much the same as what the formula one teams have.

“They have the same sort of budgets, so it would be a great experience for me from a business point of view as well.” Ashby runs his own sailing business in Strathfieldsaye.

He won his sixth A-class catamaran world championship at Lake Macquarie this week and that, combined with his silver medal in the Tornado class at the Beijing Olympics, has made him hot property in sailing ranks.

“Now that the Olympic stuff is finished for four years, I’m taking the opportunity to try a few things in the next couple of years,” he said.

“There’s quite a lot of doors opening after the Olympics and there’s potentially some offshore opportunities for me on the big boats. The A-class catamarans are a technology base for the bigger boats and there were a lot of people around watching the world titles this week looking for new ideas. I guess that’s helped me to get these opportunities in America and Europe with the big boats.”

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4 Comments:

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't Glen know yet, that BMWO will not be in the next AC?

 
At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1057pm - It's more like does Alinghi & co know they aren't having a Alinghi Cup?

Seems like the latest news is CNEV has lost their team & sponsor. Can't be the COR as they have disappeared.

Add to that SNG loosing in court at NYSC CoA w/ their appeal & the NY AG pulling SNG as the Trustee.

We will be starting over in new territory. Maybe w/ a court appointed Trustee to run the next AC w/ the CSS being run by someone else that the sailing community can trust. Maybe time to revisit the LVC once again for the CSS.

 
At 2:45 PM, Anonymous the Real Norberto said...

Seems that this blog has become a playground for commenters who think they are some legal experts. The insinuation that some Attorney General of some US state is going to intervene in a sailing regatta just because that regatta bears the name "Americas Cup" is ludicrous.

10:57 poster - you are completely out of touch with reality. However, we do admire your endless capacity for wishful thinking, though! Good luck!

 
At 11:55 PM, Blogger Flymo said...

Relax guys, the legal nonsense is a pain, but we should all get to see some good sailing in (potentially) very quick multis....live on the web, too!

So G'luck Glenn. All the best from us Mandurang. Hope it goes well.

 

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