AmericaOne Report

Gavin Brady & Innovision Sailing, Win Europeans in IMS 1

by AmericaOne Team
June 19, 2000

In Punta Ala (Italy), Innovision Sailing won the Europeans in IMS 1 and the team collected another major trophy. Dutchmen Hans Eekhof's successful Innovision 7, a Judel/Vrolijk design, with Sailing Manager Gavin Brady was able to out perform Costa Azahar, the brand new Bribon and Brava Q8. After the warm up regatta in Capri it was obvious that Innovision's was not fast enough this year. Sailing Manager Brady explains. "The build up was long and hard. During the tune up regatta in Capri it was obvious that we had to do some work on our rating and speed. During the tune up we tried to get the boat faster instead of winning the regatta. We used what we learned in Capri to win in Punta Ala."

What does Brady think about the discussion on IMS versus IRM after winning another major IMS trophy? "I don't know a lot about it. It is just another rule that makes it difficult for owners to make decisions on building a new yacht. IMS is an overall performance boat and IRM is a boat for fast sailing down wind. I need to sail both yachts fast if I am on either one." Brady is still preparing for a Volvo Ocean Race campaign. Is he still on the right track? "Sailing a 50 foot is quite similar to many things during a Volvo Ocean Race project. You have to try to optimise to a rule, manage the crew, sail makers, boat builders, etc. Of course you have a different objective in the Volvo, but you handle the problems in the same way. When you know your weaknesses and strengths you know where to focus. The team we sail with now on Innovision will be the nucleus of the Volvo team. All we need now is the money that we are trying to find for the Volvo. But further more we are ready for it."

In the mean time Brady also qualified for the Olympics, yet another part of the game. "Olympics is a one design game, IMS is measurement. But it's all as said earlier. Know your weaknesses and strengths, then focus on the right thing. Of course we are pretty happy with the fact that we qualified for the games and sailed better than we expected in Annapolis." - Simon Keijzer


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