New Cork Skipper Revealed!

15 March, 2010

Hannah takes over at the helm of Cork following the grounding of the original yacht during the race to Singapore from Western Australia. A replacement yacht has been chartered and the Cork crew, who have been racing on board the other nine yachts of the Clipper 09-10 fleet since the incident, will take delivery of their new vessel in Panama at the beginning of May.

The next two months will be extremely busy for Hannah, who has already started to learn about her crew and will meet up with them in San Francisco to begin the important process of bonding as a racing team.

“I know we’ve got a lot of work to do but I am definitely up for the challenge and Cork has every chance of a great result,” she says.

Hannah will then fly to Antigua, where the 67-foot yacht will be located, to work with the team from race organiser, Clipper Ventures, to prepare Cork to join the fleet.

The Challenge 67 yacht has been chartered from a private owner and was built in 1991 and has circumnavigated the world twice. Clipper will take delivery of the yacht on 10th April and the team will set to work, applying the Cork livery and installing additional communications systems. The steel-hulled yacht will carry the same range and number of sails as the rest of the Clipper fleet. She will be delivered to the Cork crew in Panama in early May in time for Race 9 to Jamaica.

Hannah is no stranger to Co. Cork and has sailed into Kinsale and Cork on numerous occasions. She says, “I love it there – it is a fantastic place and I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to racing in there as skipper of the home team. I know the people of Cork will get behind us and turn out in force to welcome us in.”

The Clipper 09-10 fleet is due to arrive in Kinsale between 1st and 4th July and on 7th July will sail into Cork City where they will stay until the race restart on 9th July. The sponsors of Cork, Cork City Council, Cork County Council and Fáilte Ireland, are currently putting the finishing touches to a packed programme of entertainment for the eight-day stopover.

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