Artemis signs Jonny Malbon as their new skipper replacing Brian Thompson 12/1/07

Artemis Ocean Racing, the ocean racing team sponsored by Artemis, one of the UK’s leading investment companies have signed Jonny Malbon as their new skipper.

Jonny Malbon, 32, will replace Brian Thompson who skippered Artemis Ocean Racing in 2006. Malbon has been Boat Captain since Artemis commenced their Open 60 campaign and has over the last year proved his racing pedigree, skippering the boat to break the Round Britain and Ireland race record.

No stranger to round-the-world racing campaigns, Jonny also managed the refit and was boat captain of the race winning Maxi-Cat, Doha 2006, during the non-stop round-the-world race, the Oryx Quest in 2005. Malbon also boat captained Ellen MacArthur’s Route du Rhum winning Open 60 Kingfisher in 2002, before going on to successfully co-skipper the Open 60 under the Team888 flag. He has also raced extensively aboard Peter Harrison’s superyacht Sojana, and has been part of the highly successful Chernikeef 2 team.

Following a very successful first year in Ocean Racing including breaking the Round Britain and Ireland record and competing in the Route Du Rhum, Artemis are looking forward to an exciting racing schedule in 2007.

Mark Tyndall, Chief Executive, Artemis commented: “We at Artemis are very glad to welcome Jonny as our new Artemis Ocean Racing Skipper. Whilst we are sorry to see Brian leave us after a great first year on the Open 60 circuit, we are really pleased to be able to nurture the strong and growing talent that we have within our team. All of us at Artemis greatly look forward to the 2007 season.”

The Artemis Ocean Racing Team is currently in the Caribbean where the boat is undergoing a mini re-fit. With Jonny Malbon as skipper, the Open 60 will compete in a number of sailing events in the Caribbean including Antigua Race week. The full sailing schedule for 2007 will be confirmed in late January.