Shirley Robertson OBE, Double gold medallist and TV Presenter

  CNN Mainsail – March 2014
19 March 2014

CNN Mainsail – March 2014

The British Virgin Islands, some of the most successful and influential business men in the world can only mean one thing, the first stop on the RC44′s grand prix tour for 2014.

State of the art carbon fibre boats, venues with perfect sailing conditions, a competitive on the water programme, networking opportunities and an excellent social calendar has created an unique environment, where owner / drivers get to race at the highest level with the likes of Iain Percy, Cameron Appleton, Ed Baird and the co-founder of the class Russell Coutts.

This highly competitive pro-am circuit provides the perfect antidote to the boardroom and has fueled some real time commitment and interest in the next Americas Cup, Shirley speaks to:

  • Torbjörn Törnqvist owner / driver of Artemis Racing RC44 and founder of Artemis Racing
  • Chris Bake owner driver of Team Aqua RC44 and currently one of the backers for Ben Ainslie’s Americas Cup bid
  • Vladimir Liubomirov owner / driver of Bronenosec Sailing Team RC44 and backer of Gazprom Youth Sailing Challenge and Gazprom Extreme 40

Also Russell Coutts five times winner of the Americas Cup, talks about the need to lower the cost of the cup to attract more teams and how this could be achieved.

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