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Crew changes for Green Dragon

Updated: Wednesday, 10 Dec 2008 16:42

The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race starts on Saturday 13 December
The third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race starts on Saturday 13 December

The Green Dragon Team has announced two crew changes for Leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cochin to Singapore, which starts on Saturday 13 December.

Navigator Ian Moore and Pitman Tom Braidwood will stand down for the short ten-day leg to Singapore.

The duo will re-join the crew in Singapore for the remainder of the race.

These changes have been planned since the start of the race and will not be the last of the rotations onboard.

Taking their place onboard the Dragon will be a veteran of four previous Whitbread / Volvo Ocean Races, navigator Steve Hayles and Volvo Ocean Race first-timer James Carroll, who is transferring from his role on shore as Green Dragon's boat captain to pitman.

Skipper Ian Walker said: 'It has always been part of our agreement with some crew members that they will miss certain legs.

'It is a long race and it can pay to allow some crew members to have a break.

'Having Steve and James onboard will be a new experience for everyone and I am sure they will fit in really well.

'Steve has a huge amount of experience of this race and James knows the boat inside and out so I am sure that will be invaluable to the guys onboard.'