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Round the Island Race 2006

Tuesday, 30 May 2006
Aspiring keelboat stars pair up with Team Volvo for Life On 3 June 2006, Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme squad members will join over 1500 boats in the Solent to compete in the 75th anniversary of the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. The race will see the team navigate Farr 45 'John Merricks' around the Isle of Wight in a 50 mile-long journey. The Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme, aims to give selected young sailors the chance to build up their keelboat racing skills through on the water experience and land based activities and to create a team of sailors that comprises of the very best rising UK talent. This year members of the Keelboat Programme's National Squad will team up with members of Team Volvo for Life and Skandia Team GBR for the day-long race. Laser sailor and Olympic campaigner, Paul Goodison will take the helm for the day supported by amateur tactician Jonny Marshall, 21 from Lymington, who has been a member of the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme for the past two years. Athens Olympic Silver Medallist, Joe Glanfield will take control of the main sheet and also keep a watchful eye on Guilford's Ed Hill, 22 and Poole's Nicky Macgregor, 21 who will be two of three trimmers onboard. Glanfield will also speak with the young crew on team work and communication, skills essential for a successful campaign. Other Keelboat Programme members onboard include Jamie Holmes, 21, of Bath who will handle pit, mast-man Rob Hoey, 25, from Newton Abbot and bowman Connor Myant of London, 21. "The Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme provides a rare forum in which sailors can learn a variety of roles on the boat." Jamie Holmes explained, "We have access to people at the top of their game who can coach us on the water and who can teach us about sail repair, boat maintenance, navigation, sponsorship and campaign management." Bowman Connor Myant is looking forward to the Round the Island Race. "Being onboard with the Volvo for Life Team is always great. Sailing with those guys really helps to boost your confidence. And it's a great opportunity to gain experience and learn from the best, especially when they are willing to part with their knowledge as readily as Joe and Paul are." The JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race kicks off on 3 June from Cowes, Isle of Wight. Further event information can be found on the event website www.roundtheisland.org.uk. For additional information on the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme and to follow their campaign please visit the RYA website www.rya.org.uk/racing/keelboats

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