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Monday, 11 November 2002
Jersey clipper skipper announced
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The Jersey Clipper skipper, Johnathan Brockhouse, has decided to stand down following the first race from Liverpool, UK, for personal reasons.

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Ed Green (32), former Glasgow Clipper skipper in The Times Clipper 2000, has been announced as the acting skipper of Jersey Clipper during the current crew stopover in Cascais, Portugal, with the next stage of the Clipper 2002 Round the World Yacht Race due to start tomorrow, Sunday 10 November.

Simon Rowell (35) from Cowes, Isle of Wight, will take over as permanent skipper of Jersey Clipper in Cuba, at the start of the second race leg. As replacement skipper, Simon will soon feel at home aboard Jersey’s 60-foot racing yacht, having skippered Leeds Clipper -now Hong Kong- in The Times Clipper 2000 Race.

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We are naturally sorry to lose Johnathan who quickly established Jersey Clipper as a very competitive boat in training
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Senator Pierre Horsfall

Simon is an engineer by trade, having worked for a number of years in the North Sea, Oman and Pakistan in the oil and gas industry. He made his come back to yachting in 1997, as skipper of the UKSA Albatross.

His experience of sailing in varied waters, from the Solent to the North Atlantic, puts him in good stead to get a running start with his new crew on the Cuba to Hawaii leg.

Originally from Nottingham, Simon grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, and now lives in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Commenting on his forthcoming challenge, Simon said, "Ocean racing with such a wonderfully diverse team of people, some of whom had never sailed before, let alone raced, was the ultimate challenge in The Times Clipper 2000 Race.

Clipper 2002, the world's longest race, presents a new set of challenges and I hope to rise to this fantastic opportunity for the island of Jersey.

"The Jersey crew made a great start to the eleven month race, securing a close second place into Cascais, and we will be looking to build upon this success to provide our many supporters in the Channel Islands with good cause to celebrate."

Commenting on the situation, Jersey Clipper Committee chairman Senator Pierre Horsfall said, "We are naturally sorry to lose Johnathan who quickly established Jersey Clipper as a very competitive boat in training, a reputation firmly reinforced by the crew's excellent second place in the first race. We wish him all the best for the future.

"We welcome both Ed and Simon to the Jersey boat and look forward to giving them and their crew 100% support as they strive to keep Jersey Clipper on the podium. Their previous experience as skippers in the 2000 race will stand them in very good stead and we are lucky that they have been able to come forward at such short notice to join the Jersey campaign. We wish them good luck and great sailing."

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