Ellen MacArthur has, this morning, announced the 14 crew members who’ll race the 110ft maxi catamaran Kingfisher2 in the Jules Verne Trophy
Ellen MacArthur has, this morning, announced the 14 crew members who’ll race the 110ft maxi catamaran Kingfisher2 in the Jules Verne Trophy this winter.
Speaking about her new team at the Paris Boat Show, Ellen said: “We have assembled a fantastic group of people with a very wide knowledge base. It’s going to be very exciting and a learning experience for myself to sail with these guys, and I think a lot of fun as well!”
The international team is drawn from six nations and boasts 20 circumnavigations between them.
Ellen MacArthur – United Kingdom
Neal MacDonald – United Kingdom
Nick Moloney -Australia
Benoit Briand -France
Bruno Dubois – Canada
Anthony Merringto – Australia
Andrew Henderson – Australia
Damian Foxall – Ireland
Andrew Preece – United Kingdom
Ronan Le Goff – France
Hervé Jan – France
Jason Carrington -United Kingdom
Nigel King – United Kingdom
Guillermo Aitadill – Spain
Once Kingfisher’s new 39m carbon fibre mast is completed, possibly by the end of next week, the team will sail from Cherbourg to Lorient to utilise the facilities of Le Defi French America’s Cup base. From here, in January, the project will move to a port closer to the Jules Verne start line [set between the lighhouses at Lizard Point in south-west England and Ushant on the north west tip of France] and await the green light from the weather routers.