Sunday, December 20, 2009

LOYAL and Ran Rolex Trophy 2009

Last day of the Rolex Trophy Rating Series 2009 in Sydney.

Images from UK based Niklas Zennstromís Ran a 72-footer from the design board of the noted German-based naval architects Judel-Vrolijk and onboard LOYAL Sean Langman has returned to big boat racing this year, chartering the 100 foot Greg Elliott design, LOYAL, formerly Maximus.

Following its arrival from Auckland the boat underwent an extensive modification program, including lengthening from 98 to 100 feet, new 6.2m keel and new lighter weight and taller conventional mast to replace the wing mast. Joining the experienced crew aboard LOYAL, and raising money for the LOYAL Foundation, will be boxer Danny Green, Olympic swimming sensation Grant Hackett, captain of the HSBC Waratahs Phil Waugh, Phil Kearns, who led the Wallabies in 10 Tests, and Channel 7 ís Larry Emdur.

The Rolex Trophy, formerly the British Trophy, is sailed out of Sydney in December each year. It is not only a significant lead-up event to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, but a prestigious regatta in its own right.

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Christophe Launay