GAC Pindar welcomes two new faces in Chris Draper and Kazuhiko Sofuku to add valuable experience for Act 4 of the Extreme Sailing Series in Cardiff (18 – 21 June).
Draper will co-skipper Team GAC Pindar with 18ft Skiff World Champion Seve Jarvin, while Extreme Sailing Series regulars James Wierzbowski and Tyson Lamond complete the crew.
British sailor Draper won the Extreme Sailing Series in 2009 with Oman Sail; and his tactical prowess should prove invaluable for Team GAC Pindar ahead of their home Act of the Series. Draper also won a bronze medal at the Athens Olympic Games (2004) in the 49er class, was crowned World Champion twice in 2003 and 2006 and European Champion three times (2004, 2005 and 2010) in the same class.
Sofuku – widely known as ‘Fuku’ on the circuit, will be a real asset to GAC Pindar in advance of joining Softbank Team Japan in the 2017 America’s Cup. ‘Fuku’ is a four-time veteran of the America’s Cup and was a key crew member for Peter Gilmour’s World Match Racing Tour championship victory in 2004/5.
Racing begins 18 June. For live updates from Cardiff see http://sailing.gacpindar.com/live-stream