Mirsky Racing Team might not yet have a sponsorship deal going into the 2009 World Match Racing Tour, but they certainly have some of sailing’s biggest names as friends. The team has officially launched their 2009 campaign at their own Royal Perth Yacht Club where the VIPs included Peter Gilmour and John Longley.
Longley will be inducted into the America’s Cup Hall of Fame at a ceremony on April 30, while Gilmour will become one of the team’s rivals at Match Race Germany at the end of May.
As well as announcing the Mirsky Team’s plans for the season, the event also promoted the future of sailing in Western Australia. Each of the speakers outlined the importance the Perth team is going to play in the future of Australian sailing, and reiterated the need for the community of Western Australia to back the team and help them achieve their goals.
The team’s campaign funds were boosted by a surprise auction of some of the team’s action shots which were on display. Standing amongst a crowd filled with Olympic medallists, America’s Cup champions, World, National and State champions, a few high rollers bid up to $2,000 for the photos signed by the team.
The evening is part of the Mirsky Racing Team’s intent to be one of the most successful and professional teams on and off the water.
“The evening showed the strong support and professionalism of MRT. They will certainly have great success in the future and they are well worth supporting for the Western Australian community.” – Bryan Bourke
“Hopefully the endorsement of some of WA’s greatest sailing talent will assist MRT in finding the funding that they need for the remainder of the years events. Good Luck to the MRT in Europe this year!” – Colin Spence
The team sent special thanks to Shacks Holden Perth, Elizabeth’s Bookshops, the Royal Perth Yacht Club as well as the team’s sponsors Harken and Line7.