A conflict in opinion with skipper Gurra Krantz has forced British sailor Matt Humphries to leave VOR yacht team SEB
Matthew Humphries has resigned from the VOR yacht Team SEB. Humphries, like fellow watch leader David ‘Dingo’ Rolfe who also left the project in Sydney, has been with the Team SEB project since the beginning. He sailed with skipper Gurra Krantz for several years and was part of the Swedish Match team in the 1997-98 Whitbread together with Krantz and many of the SEB crewmembers onboard.
Humphries explained: “I have been working together with Gurra Krantz for a long time now but we have different views on the future. Therefore, I have decided to leave the team.”
Wishing Humphries good luck for the future, Krantz added, “It is sad that Matthew will be leaving us as he has been in the core crew for many years. I wish Matthew the best of luck in his future endeavours.”
Humphries has participated in three Whitbread Round the World Races; on With Integrity in 1989-90 when, as an eighteen year-old he became the youngest crewmember ever in the race. He then skippered Dolphin & Youth in 1993-94 and most recently he was watch captain onboard Swedish Match.
His replacement is yet to be announced.