Sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston joins the line-up for the high-speed sprint
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the iconic sailor who is celebrating the 40 year anniversary of his historic solo circumnavigation of the planet in the 1969 Golden Globe, has confirmed that he will compete in the Artemis Challenge at Cowes Week on 5 August.
Sailing onboard his Eco 60 Grey Power, promoting the new class of third generation Open 60s to be raced in the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010-11, the experienced yachtsman, 70, shows no signs of letting up as he takes on a strong fleet of shorthanded skippers all hoping to claim the 10,000 GBP charity prize for rounding the Isle of Wight in the quickest time. He will be joined onboard Grey Power by Hannah Jenner, the young British skipper hoping to compete in the next edition of The Ultimate Solo Challenge, due to start in October 2010.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston will be competing on behalf of the Trinity Sailing Trust (www.trinitysailingtrust.org), which aims to assist the personal development of disadvantaged and disabled young people through offshore sailing on traditional vessels and at the same time restore and preserve its vessels as important examples of our maritime heritage.
The race, run by Artemis Investment Management, is a 50-mile high speed sprint around the Isle of Wight for Open 60s, with 10,000 donated to the charity of the winning skipper.
Confirmed entries so far:
1. Akena Verandas: Arnaud Boissieres and Vincent Riou
2. Artemis The Profit Hunter: Simon Clay
3. Artemis Ocean Racing: Samantha Davies and Sidney Gavignet
4. Aviva: Dee Caffari
5. BT IMOCA 60: Seb Josse
6. Grey Power: Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
7. Pakea Bizkaia: Unai Basurko
8. Toe in the Water: Steve White
For more information, visit www.cowesweek.co.uk .