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Moloney And Crew Ready For Some Extreme 40 Action

Nick Moloney

29.05.2008

27 May 2008


In brief:

- The first iShares Cup Extreme 40 Sailing Series kicks off on Friday, 30th May in Lugano, Switzerland
- Second season of racing for the BT Extreme 40 and aiming for another podium result this year
- BT skipper, Nick Moloney, lines up a strong crew of Andrew Walsh, Ed Barney and Steve Mitchell
- Competing against nine other teams including America's Cup teams Alinghi and last season's champions onboard Team Origin

In detail:

Starting this Friday, 30th May is the first iShares Cup Extreme 40 event in Lugano, Switzerland and the BT Extreme 40, skippered by Nick Moloney, is aiming for another overall podium place following their third place overall in last year's series.


Moloney and the BT crew will be competing in up to 15 races over three days and the racing will be intense and even more competitive with a strong line-up of 10 teams including two America's Cup team entries in the form of Alinghi and last season's champions onboard Team Origin.

"This season is going to be very exciting. There is a great fleet just raring to go and the competition will be full on from the first start. We're not really fearing anyone in particular - everyone is human and the better the standard the more cherished the good results will be," said Nick. "It's great the Cup guys are here competing and I have many good friends amongst that world that are now in the fleet, and we're pretty motivated as usual to beat our mates! The Extreme 40 class has taken a big step up on the professional ladder and the results will be hard fought for. Our overall objective for BT is a podium place for the season once again."

The BT Extreme 40 team are already in Lugano, located on the Swiss/Italian border, putting in some more training pre-start: "Not a lot of wind today but believe it will get better as week progresses. I've never been here before but it's a really beautiful location. Very green, ritzy place for the beautiful people driving sports cars! This week we will get a better idea as to the amount of work ahead of us to achieve our overall objective."

Talking about his crew, Nick commented: "We have a great team for the iShares Cup programme, which is a relief after being faced with a complete re-build after losing multihull legends Darren Bundock and Glenn Ashby to the Olympic Games this year. The new team consists of the Tornado team of Andrew Walsh and Ed Barney as well as Star class Olympian and World Champion Steve Mitchell - with the added flip from last year that now I am heavily outnumbered with three Brits and one Aussie onboard!

"The combination of Walsh and Barney is key based on the belief in it being vital to have good catamaran experience onboard and these guys sail cats all the time at the highest level. This week will be something like their tenth regatta this year. Given that courses are so short it is also vital that these two guys lean on knowing each other so well to help make fast split decisions. 'Stevie' Mitchel is our powerhouse and has great overall sailing experience and boat knowledge as a past world champ - he also delivers some great jokes that can help the guys de-stress sometimes! I guess I am a bit of a mediator bringing the experience on handling the beast and overall strategy and onboard kinetics.
We have an amazing team and we feel fortunate and excited about our plans and objectives."

And finally on the importance of this first iShares Cup event of the five scheduled this season: "As with all of these things the first few races will be very important for our confidence. No doubt the learning curve will be very steep for all of us but learning is a major source of my personal motivation."

BT Extreme 40 iShares Cup calendar:
Switzerland, Lugano : 30th May - 1st June?
France, Hyères : 13th - 15th June?
UK, Skandia Cowes Week : 2nd - 4th August?
Germany, Kiel : 29th - 31st August
Netherlands, Amsterdam : 19th - 21st September

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