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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Aussie Andrew Rises To The Challenge For Oracle

Australian rigging/wing expert, Andrew Henderson, one of ORACLE Racing's reserves and shore crew members, will replace four-time America's Cup winner Simon Daubney (NZL) onboard Oracle Racing's Russell Coutts skippered AC45 after Daubney broke a bone in his left hand during Friday's practice session in Cascais.
Photo: Gilles Martin-Raget/ACEA
“Hendo” has an impressive sailing background, including a Jules Verne multihull round the world record attempt as well as 10 Transatlantic races and 15 Rolex Sydney-Hobart races.

“I’m disappointed, of course,” said Daubney who will sit out the rest of the regatta. “It was one of those accidents, nothing more than a stumble on the trampoline as I was going across to the other side, but I caught the side of my hand on the wing and it got a nasty twist.”

The ORACLE Racing Coutts crew is completed by wingsail trimmer Murray Jones, middleman Matthew Mason and bowman Simeon Tienpont.

Lulu Roseman

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