Seven new sailors join the Ericsson Racing Team: Tony Mutter, Dave Endean, Noel Drennan, Brad Jackson, Richard Mason, Stu Bannatyne and Ryan Godfrey. Together with skipper John Kostecki and all the team united around them, they have decided to make the Volvo Ocean Race 2008 – 09 their primary objective.
Stockholm, June 19, 2007 – The Ericsson Racing Team moves into a new phase with the arrival of seven new crew members. “I was looking for guys that are keen to win”, explains Ericsson Racing Team skipper John Kostecki. We need sailors who already have the experience of the Volvo Ocean Race, but also people who have the ability to work openly. The most important criteria is having a winning mind set.”
Multiple Volvo Ocean Race or America’s Cup racers Tony Mutter, Stu Bannatyne, Dave Endean, Brad Jackson, Richard Mason, Noel Drennan and Ryan Godfrey have this quality; they are the first crew members to formally join the Ericsson Racing Team.
“Basically, we want to have the best people at each position, and we want all the members of the team to be hugely motivated”, explains Ericsson Racing Team Managing Director Richard Brisius.
Dave Endean, Brad Jackson and Tony Mutter were members of the winning team ABN AMRO One in the last Volvo Ocean Race, whilst Noel Drennan won four years earlier onboard Illbruck, with skipper John Kostecki. Richard Mason sailed against them all onboard Assa Abloy (2001-02) and Ericsson last year whilst Stu Bannatyne was watch captain onboard movistar. As for Ryan Godfrey, he sailed (and raced) many more miles than a round the world regatta – although never going round the world. He is also a top sailmaker, recently involved with BMW Oracle Racing in Valencia.
The team will carry on growing at a regular rate. “All the new crew members are involved in the choice of the future recruits, under John Kostecki’s leadership”, comment Brisius. “It is a great way of creating a homogenous team.”
In parallel, Anders Lewander, skipper of Ericsson’s second boat with an all Nordic crew, is starting his recruitments.
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