Ashby Joins Team New Zealand America’s Cup Campaign.

Multihull sailing specialist Glenn Ashby will join Team New Zealand for the America’s Cup according to Australian newspaper the Bendigo Advertiser. Ashby was part of the BMW ORACLE team that won the trophy earlier in 2010.

Ashby told the paper:

“I’ve just signed up with team New Zealand for the next America’s Cup. I’m going to have more of a sailing role this time rather than focusing on the actual boat like I did last time.”

With the Cup changing to catamarans, sailors like Ashby, with multihull success will be in high demand for the next edition. The Beijing Olympics silver medallist said the offer to work in New Zealand rather than in America or Europe was the best one for him and his young family.

“The offer from Team New Zealand was just too good to refuse. The offer was obviously closer to home than the US, and the sailing role was very attractive to me.”

Ashby was in Bendigo to give support to grass roots sailing in Australia. He competed in and won the  A Class Fleet Catamaran event at the inaugural Cairn Curran Classic.

“My reason for coming down was to support the local country clubs. I did quite a lot of sailing at Cairn Curran when I was younger, but it wouldn’t have been for about 15 years. These sorts of clubs have been struggling financially in previous years, but after the success of this year’s event I’m sure that next year’s event will be 2 to 3 times bigger, which is just great for the club. It’s really nice to able to come home and support clubs in the country areas.”

Ashby said that Cairn Curran being at 97 per cent of capacity and perfect weather conditions contributed to the success of the event.

“It was great to see so it so full and it brought back a lot of fond memories for me,” he said. “There were shifty winds, which were tricky sailing conditions and it was a lot of fun.

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