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America's Cup: Team New Zealand signs BMW Oracle coach
Australian newspaper, the Bendigo Advertiser reports that Glenn Ashby, America's Cup coach and seven times World A-class catamaran champion, plus Olympic silver medalist and Tornado world champion has signed with Team New Zealand for the 34th America's Cup.
The New Zealand team, the worlds most successful professional racing team, has not announced an entry in the 34th America's Cup, however appears to be in the process for gearing up for a Challenge, having let go some monohull crew, last month and re-engaging catamaran specialists.
Ashby's skipper in the 2008 Tornado Olympic and World Championship campaign, Darren Bundock sailed with Team New Zealand skipper, Dean Barker in the latest round of the Extreme 40 catamaran series last month.
Ashby was a coach bought into the BMW Oracle Racing team to bring a largely monohull crew up to speed with multihull sailing. He is also a top sailmaker in the multihull classes.
Recently Ashby competed with BMW Oracle Racing's skipper, Jimmy Spithill in the Little America's Cup sailed in International C-Class catamarans in Newport, Rhode Island. The C-cat are the worlds fastest sailing class and were the pioneers of the wingsail used to devastating effect by BMW Oracle racing in their successful America's Cup Challenge in Valencia, in February this year.
Other wingsail experts are also rumoured to have been engaged by Team New Zealand.