Thursday, July 5, 2007

Butterworth it to stay with Alinghi

Skipper and tactician Brad Butterworth has already said he wants to remain with the syndicate, which held on to the America's Cup by completing a 5-2 win over Team NZ off Valencia.

He said today that his four long-term colleagues – Dean Phipps, Warwick Fleury, Simon Daubney and Murray Jones – wanted to do the same.

"We stick together, that's for sure," he said.

"We're mates and we've sailed together for years. We talk about what we're going to do ahead of time. We've always been keen to sail with one another and we enjoy each other's company.

"The fact that we've won again makes our friendship, our skills, better and we just want to do it again. We're having a great time."

Butterworth, who said he made his decision to stay with Alinghi before the just-completed regatta began, saw it as vital to keep Phipps, Fleury, Daubney and Jones in his crew.

"It's very important because that's been our career and that's been our strength," he said.

"Why break it up?"