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Daniel Fong to replace ORACLE Racing’s Daubney
Cascais, Portugal, Tuesday, August 09, 2011
New Zealander Daniel Fong has been called in to substitute for countryman Simon Daubney as headsail trimmer for the ORACLE Racing Coutts crew at the America’s Cup World Series – Cascais.
Daubney, broke his hand last Friday, Aug. 5, in the final practice for the inaugural America’s Cup World Series event. It is expected to take several weeks to heal. Constantly working loaded ropes, a sail trimmer’s hands take heavy wear and tear.
“I’m really excited to come and sail these AC45s,” said Fong. “It’s disappointing for Simon to miss the racing after all the hard work and preparation. Even with his bandaged hand, wrapped in a plastic protection, he was out on the ORACLE Racing Coutts boat with me yesterday giving a constant dialogue of tips and advice.”
“Fongo” is no stranger to ORACLE Racing. He was a member of the 33rd America’s Cup-winning squad as a reserve trimmer. It was his fourth Cup campaign.
An experienced sailmaker from North Sails New Zealand, Fongo has extensive offshore experience. He competed in the 1997-98 Whitbread Round the World Race with Toshiba and won the 1999 Fastnet Race.