Team Holmatro will compete in the 2009 iShares Cup as well as for the F18 circuit. This combination should provide skipper Carolijn Brouwer (BEL) with the necessary sharpness and skills to keep up with world’s best Extreme 40 sailors in the iShares Cup. It will also give Holmatro product knowledge and brand recognition.
Dutch company Holmatro ahd been involved with the Extreme 40 from the very first day. CEO Jaap Meijer says about the long term partnership:
“The boat and teamwork of the crew symbolize our key values, they represent ‘Mastering Power’. The professional and high level skills of the team fit our business ambition of achieving the best. In addition, our hydraulic cylinders and winches onboard show how sailors can manage the forces by using our products. We are constantly trying to collect more knowledge about our products and more feedback from the users on that top level. That enables us to grow.”
Brouwer made her début as Holmatro skipper in 2007. In the Olympic year of 2008, she focused completely on her Tornado campaign. She will now return to the Extreme 40 class with Holmatro as true partner. The F18 replaces the Tornado for her valuable ‘dinghy experience’.
Brouwer will be joined by Gerd Habermüller (AUT), Mark van Gelderen (NED) and Dutch Tornado sailor Pim Nieuwenhuis.
According to Brouwer, the level of competition has risen again for the 3rd year of the iShares competition. French multihull top sailors as Franck Cammas (skipper of Groupama 3), Tornado helmsman Yann Guichard and F18 legend Christophe Mourniac will join the fleet. BMW Oracle of skipper James Spithill, helmsman of the 90-foot catamaran, signed up. Team Oman enters two boats, of which one will be skippered by successful 49er sailor Chris Draper (GBR).
“They have been training all winter in Oman, so they are probably the best prepared crew”, said Brouwer.
BT returns with skipper Nick Moloney and six fold Tornado World Champion and silver medalist from Beijing Darren Bundock on the helm. Brouwer continues:
“The quality is high among the fleet, so we will spend a lot of time on training. The first session will be in Hyeres in the spring.”
According to Brouwer, an overall podium finish is what they are aiming for: “That would be a very good result.”