Clipper Ventures have confirmed Alan Nebauer as Assistant Race Director for the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010-11. The experienced yachtsman, who finished fourth in Class II in the 1994 BOC Challenge, will work closely with the Race Director, fellow Australian David Adams. Adams and Nebauer will be responsible for the organisation of all on water activities in the race, assuring safety at sea and a smooth race over the five ocean sprints.
[cleeng_content id=”803409318″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]Race Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston commented,
“Alan Nebauer is a fantastic addition to our Race Management team for the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2010-11. David Adams and Alan competed hard against each other in this race in 1994. Given the incredible difficulties faced by Alan during that edition, few people will better understand the harsh realities of The Ultimate Solo Challenge. David and Alan should make for a fantastic partnership off the water to ensure the race is a success on the water.”
Nebauer, 47, has a wealth of ocean racing experience, as well as extensive business and management background in both marine and non marine related enterprises. Alan has been sailing offshore since 1987, and from 1991 he initiated and managed a four year project for Newcastle Australia entry in the 1994-95 BOC Challenge. This involved fundraising, as well as the concept and construction of a competitive racing yacht.
Alan’s race in 1994-95 was a rollercoaster of dramas, involving a rescue of fellow English competitor Josh Hall on the first leg from Charleston to Cape Town, a dismasting that saw him round Cape Horn in a jury rig, which was further compounded by the loss of his rudder north of the Falkland Islands, with Alan ultimately sailing with a steering oar to Punta del Este. It is a testament to Alan’s extraordinary courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds that he completed the course, and to his outstanding seamanship, for which he deservedly won two awards.
“The VELUX 5 OCEANS is an event like no other – it is a classic in the ocean racing calendar and has a unique heritage of which I am proud to be part, and now I can’t wait to help craft its exciting future. All the elements are there for a great race come October in La Rochelle and I am looking forward to working closely with David Adams, the Clipper Ventures team, VELUX, the skippers, the host ports and all the race stakeholders.”