UK. JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge: British match racers expected to dazzle

Wednesday, 22 November 2006


Round two of the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series kicks off this weekend 25-26 November with a strong number of British teams taking part in the Grade 3 event.  The stakes are high as the sailors competing are vying for an event win but also a berth in the series final all taking place at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Staines.  
West Kirby’s Andrew Cornah, ranked 29th in the ISAF Open Match Race rankings, takes the top seed at the weekend event.  Cornah is a familiar face at the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series, after competing twice in 2006, twice in 2005 and once in 2004.  The Southampton-based sailor will be the one to watch out on the water.  
While Cornah goes into the event on top his team will have to sail their J80, provided by the Royal Yachting Association, hard to keep the pack behind them.  Christian Hamilton and his team, ranked 36th in the world will lead the charge of the opposition.  London’s Hamilton counts two recent event wins at the Duisburgh Cup and at the Harpen Westfalen Cup.  
International competitors include Victor Lanier of France who is no stranger to Match Racing on British waters, recently winning the Mermaid Match Racing Championship in Seaview, Isle of Wight.  The Frenchman, ranked 62nd makes his debut to the JPMorgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Series this weekend.  
Jenny Axhede will make the trip from Sweden with her team to compete on the Staines Reservoir.  Ranked ninth in the Women’s Match Race Rankings, Axhede finished in second in the JPMorgan Asset Management Women’s Final in 2005.  
Also representing the girls is Britain’s Josie Gibson, currently ranked just ahead of Axhede in eighth place.  Southampton’s Gibson has been match racing since 2005 and has stormed her way into the top ten.  Gibson and her team will be looking to put on a strong performance over the weekend.  
Other British entrants include Poole’s Robbie Allam who started the year unranked and has quickly moved into 147th following strong performances on the Youth Match Racing circuits.  The 19 year-old will go up against some more seasoned sailors but will no doubt take the event in his stride.
London’s John Greenland and Mark Lees will also join the foray for the top slots, putting their tried skills to the test.
Entries  ISAF Open Match Race Ranking
Andrew Cornah, GBR 29
Christian Hamilton, GBR 36
Victor Lanier, FRA 62
Robbie Allam , GBR 145
John Greenland, GBR 167
Josie Gibson, GBR 196
Jenny Axhede, SWE 215
Mark Lees, GBR 242  
2006-2007 JP Morgan Asset Management Winter Challenge Dates
Winter Challenge One: 11-12 November 2006, Grade 3
Winter Challenge Two: 25-26 November 2006, Grade 3
Winter Challenge Three: 8-10 December 2006, Grade 2
Winter Challenge Four: 13-14 January 2007, Grade 3
Winter Challenge Five: 27-28 January 2007, Grade 3
Winter Challenge Six: 9-11 February 2007, Grade 2
Women’s Winter Challenge: 23-25 February 2007, Grade 2
Winter Challenge Final: 9-11 March 2007, Grade 2 
For further race information and entry forms please contact:
David Campbell James
Myrrh Walker
& Jo Grindley:www.rya.org.uk 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 November 2006 )