Andrew Walsh - GAC Pindar blog
- 28th June 2012
GAC Pindar will get a new skipper for the Extreme Sailing Series, Act 4 Porto with regular Extreme 40 sailor Andrew Walsh taking the reigns from Ian Williams onboard the British boat. Walsh, or Walshy as he is known in the sailing fraternity, shares his thoughts ahead of what he describes as the event of the year.
“With Ian continuing his defense of the World Match Racing Tour, I am delighted to be skippering GAC Pindar in Porto. We have put together a really strong team on and off the water and I hope to do the crew justice with a good performance.
I am sure there will be some nerves ahead of the first race, but I can take confidence from the team around me and after that there are far to many races and too much action to think about anything other than the next racing decision!
In my opinion the Extreme Sailing Series is still the most innovative and spectacular racing circuit, it brings the sport to the sailing fans! I have been lucky to compete in the Series on numerous occasions since finishing on the podium in my first season at the helm (2008 on BT), before moving into crewing roles. The one thing that has never changed in this racing, whatever the weather, it is the most fun you can have in professional sailing!
The competition this year is as tough as ever, with some of the best catamaran champions at the top of the leaderboard, behind them the other teams are learning and improving race by race as you would expect from such successful sailors. The racing should only be closer and more intense from this point onwards.
Racing in Porto looks set to be as spectacular as ever, there is normally one event each year where the wind really blows, and the Series truly lives up to its name, and the rumors amongst the fleet are that Porto could be that event...”