Racing at the 2006 Tornado World Championships in Argentina starts today and Skandia Team GBR’s sailors are preparing for what is set to be a close battle for the World Title.Â Â
Hoping to end Skandia Team GBRâ€™s 2006 success on a high are Isle of Wightâ€™s Leigh McMillan and Southamptonâ€™s Will Howden, Silver Medallists at the 2005 World Championships.Â
Team McMillan-Howden, currently ranked fifth in the world, have been in Argentina training over the past few weeks, in the hope that they can turn their 2005 silver into gold this time round.
Howden reported from San Isidro, â€œWe have been here in Argentina training, competing and learning about the racing area and the new equipment.Â All in all this is a really hard place to sail, and with everyone on the top of their game this is going to be one of the hardest Worlds to date with realistically six or seven teams able to win.
â€œLast year we finished second at the Tornado Worlds, in La Rochelle, so our goal is to better that result.â€
The Isle of Wightâ€™s Chris Rashley and Eastbourneâ€™s Marcus Lynch, who at 18 is the youngest member of Skandia Team GBR to challenge at the Tornado Worlds, will accompany Andrew Walsh from Cornwall and Ed Barney from Loughborough and will bring a younger approach to the competition in what is the last Olympic Class World Championship in the 2006 calendar.
The race series begins on Tuesday 5th December, with the final race scheduled for Sunday 10 December.
For more news and information on the team visit www.skandiateamgbr.com
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