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Newton added to Oracle crew for Gothenburg event

Oracle Team USA have tweaked their crew ahead of next week's America's Cup World Series in Gothenburg.

The defender of the America's Cup have made one change to their crew from the one that competed at last month's World Series opener in Portsmouth, with seasoned Cup campaigner Joe Newton replacing Kinley Fowler as headsail trimmer aboard the team's foiling AC45F catamaran.

Newton has no experience on the one-design boat, and will have very little time to make the adjustment as the teams are only permitted two days of practice.

To help overcome this obstacle, the six -times America's Cup campaigner has been sifting through video of Oracle's performance at last month's event in England with Philippe Presti, the team coach.

“I've never been on the one-design boats we're racing in the World Series, so it's going to be a challenge,” Newton said. “On these boats everybody forward of the wing trimmer spends a lot of time working on getting the daggerboards up and down, so it's a pretty physical role.”

Returning as Oracle's crew are Jimmy Spithill, the team skipper, Tom Slingsby, the tactician and sailing team manager, Kyle Langford, the trimmer, and Louis Sinclair, the bowman and grinder.

Last month's regatta in Portsmouth was the first time Oracle's crew have competed on the AC45F.

“These boats are so physical — it's a real workout,” Spithill said. “There's times where you're just hanging on, you're on the edge of control.”

Oracle Team USA secured a third-place finish in Portsmouth and are looking to improve on that performance next week in Sweden.

“From what I understand we were going very well in the training in Portsmouth, and the results on the one day of racing there might not be entirely reflective of where the teams are,” Newton said. “So I think we just need to keep plugging away and with a few more races, we'll get some better results.”

Meanwhile, home team Artemis Racing have also announced their team for next week's event in Gothenburg.

The Swedish Challenger's team comprises of Nathan Outteridge, the skipper, Iain Percy, the tactician and sailing team manager, with Iain Jensen, Chris Brittle, Luke Parkinson and Kalle Torlén making up the remainder of the team.

New recruit Torlen has replaced the injured Freddy Loof who will serve as the team's coach instead.

*Royal Bermuda Yacht Club skipper Alec Cutler will be among the 22-boat fleet competing for top honours at next week's Melges 32 World Championship in Trapani, Italy.

This year's Melges 32 Worlds boasts the best helmsman, amatuer and professional sailors, including Jason Carroll, the two-times and current world champion.

The championships begin on Monday.

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Published August 22, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 21, 2015 at 11:05 pm)

Newton added to Oracle crew for Gothenburg event

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