Andrew 'Walshy' Walsh takes command in Porto, Portugal
4 July 2012 - Tornado sailor Andrew 'Walshy' Walsh is to lead the GAC Pindar crew in Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Porto, Portugal, 5 - 8 July. Walsh will replace usual GAC Pindar skipper Ian Williams as the current ISAF World Match Racing Champion is defending his title in third leg of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour in Marstrand, Sweden, 2 - 7 July.
GAC Pindar at the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul, Turkey - Photo Credit Vincent Curutchet
With Ian Williams busy competing in the Alpari World Match Racing Tour for the next couple of events, Walsh will take over from the world champ and go to battle with the rest of the Extreme GAC Pindar sailing team in Portugal. No stranger to the Extreme Sailing Series circuit, Walsh has competed in the series on numerous occasions finishing on the podium in his first season in 2008 on BT when he was at the helm. Over the following years, Walsh has taken up assorted crew roles and been a regular part of the GAC Pindar crew since they began competing in 2010.
Besides Walsh moving to skipper and helm for Act 4, there have also been a few other tweaks to the GAC Pindar lineup. Twice America's Cup winner 'Jono' Macbeth will be joining the team and putting his strength to good use in bow while Adam Piggot moves to take Walsh's place as trimmer. Olympic double silver medalist Nick Rogers will once again be tactician for the crew while Mark Bulkeley remains on main.
Andrew Walsh says, "With Ian continuing his defense of the World Match Racing Tour, I am delighted to be skippering GAC Pindar in Porto. We have put together a really strong team on and off the water and I hope to do the crew justice with a good performance.
The competition this year is as tough as ever, with some of the best catamaran champions at the top of the leader board, behind them the other teams are learning and improving race by race as you would expect from such successful sailors. The racing should only be closer and more intense from this point onwards.
Racing in Porto looks set to be as spectacular as ever, there is normally one event each year where the wind really blows, and the series truly lives up to its name, and the rumors amongst the fleet are that Porto could be that event."
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