The five VX40s have all arrived safely in Baltimore and the crews are preparing their boats for the third series of races for the Volvo Extreme 40 grand prix.
Fine weather has enabled the teams to rig and prepare their catamarans in the record time alongside the Volvo 70s which are also currently undergoing routine maintenance in the marina. The boats will be moved to Baltimoreís famous Inner Harbour tomorrow morning, where spectators will be able to watch the spectacular VX40s in close quarters. The first day of racing will start on Friday 28th April.
US Olympic Silver Medallists Johnny Lovell and Charlie Ogletree join Team Motorola-CHR for the Baltimore VX40 grand prix replacing Leigh McMillan and Will Howden for the first of the race days for this series. Will Howden had to withdraw from the event after he suffered a ligament injury to his knee during the Princess Sofia Regatta in Palma. Although his physiotherapist is pleased with his progress, Will has been advised to rest his knee for 4 weeks to enable him to make a full and speedy recovery. Leigh McMillan, whose clash of sailing dates in HyŤres meant that he also will miss the first day of racing, but joins the team for the second day of VX40 Grand Prix racing and Johnny Lovell will sail with the team during all of the races.
Charlie and Johnny make a formidable team in the Tornado class and have sailed together for at least 12 years. They have a vast amount of experience in multihull sailing and among their many achievements are silver medals in the last Olympic Games, and first place in last monthís Olympic Classes Regatta in Miami. Despite the change of crew during this series, skipper Conrad Humphreys is pleased to have Johnny and Charlie join the team.
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