Wednesday, February 18, 2009

DSK ready for the RORC Caribbean 600

Photos credit : Carlo Borlenghi/ Pioneer Investments
By Jennifer Hall trimsailing

In less than one week’s time, Danilo Salsi’s DSK Sailing Team will represent Italy in the newest offshore race on the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s (RORC) calendar, the RORC Caribbean 600.

Milan, 18 February 2009 – Danilo Salsi is one of the few Italian owners active on the international offshore racing circuit. Building on from the team’s success with Swan 45 DSK-Comifin in the world’s most demanding races including the Rolex Sydney Hobart, Rolex Fastnet, Newport-Bermuda and Rolex Middle Sea Race, the RORC Caribbean 600 will be Salsi’s first offshore regatta with his recently built Swan 90.

The crew list is impressive and includes long standing team members Andrea Casale (J24 World Champion), Riccardo de Magistris and Alessandro Franci, as well as newcomer Lucas Brun, of ABN AMRO/Volvo Ocean Race fame. The team has also called in Andrea Scarabelli of North Sails St Maarten for his local knowledge, which will be essential as the team tackle the 605 mile course.

Starting in Antigua on 23 February, the RORC Caribbean 600 will see the fleet race North to Nevis and St Barths, then circling St Maarten before heading down to Guadeloupe and back to Barbuda, to finish in Antigua.

Owner and helmsman Danilo Salsi stated; “I’m looking forward to participating in the RORC Caribbean 600 with DSK. It’s a challenging course, amidst some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. This is the first regatta in our racing programme for the Swan 90 and it will be interesting to see how we perform under IRC and among the impressive fleet of competitors.”

“This is the first time we will race the new Swan 90 – DSK so we’ve planned a few days of training prior to the start in St Marten. DSK is an impressive boat and we have a full sail inventory from North Sails which will be putting to the test,” added Andrea Casale.

The team onboard Swan 90 DSK includes: Danilo Salsi (helm), Andrea Casale (trimmer), Francesco Mongelli (navigator), Andrea Scarabelli (navigator/trimmer), Alessandro Franci (trimmer), Vittorio Rosso (trimmer), Lucas Brun (trimmer), Riccardo de Magistris (pit), Niky Mosca (pit), Mark Fliegner (bow), Tristan Cross (bow), Saverio Cigliano (bow), Alessandro Tonelli (bow/rig/trim), Vittorio Codecasa, Dott Maienza and Tatiana Loof (logistics). -