The Brits are Back!

The Brits are back! There’s familiar faces in the bunch, but all are sailing for Itchenor Sailing Club, a club making a its Baldwin debut this year. Team Captain Jonathon Pinner sorts us out:

Please tell us a little bit about team racing at your club
The club has been team racing for as long as team racing has existed! The club won the first and second ever Wilson Trophies in 1949 and 1950 and has been active ever since.

Tell us about how this year’s Baldwin Cup team came together, and why they make a good team
We selected an all star team of club members from across the globe including the UK, Singapore and the US of A itself.

And most importantly, what is your team’s theme song?

Now that we’re all queued up, on with the sailors!

Skipper Jonathon Pinner

Jonathon PinnerWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? UK and limited overs

How have you trained for this regatta? I’ve been practising at the World Cup in India and before that the series against South Africa.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? I like to spend some time in the nets to get my eye in.

What makes a good team racer teammate? At this level you need a good all-rounder. Someone who is good in all three phases of the game. There is no space for any dead weight at this level.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? The hardest part is facing a good leg spinner on a dry subcontinental pitch or someone who can swing it both ways under the lights. The game has changed in the last few years and with the format extended to include more nations there are no easy opponents.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? The steel drums really bring out the party atmosphere.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Obviously the home nation has a strong advantage being able to the prepare the pitch to their liking.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We bring strength in depth across all forms of the game.

Crew Alexa Pinner

Alexa Pinner

Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Marblehead, MA and school and country first 11

How have you trained for this regatta? I’ve practiced standing up to the stumps for the slowies and well as losing the gloves quickly for the stumping when I’m stood back in case the batsman gets out of his crease. It’s also worth taking a few edges and nicks.
I’ve also been in the nets practising my reverse sweep and the ramp.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Inspecting the square in case we win the toss and I need to make a call on whether to put up a total or chase.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone with good strike and economy with the ball.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Either holding on to a sharp opportunity at silly point or picking the googley.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? The refreshments during tea.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Any team that can build a good total will be a threat.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We bring a lot of caps in our squad this year meaning we have the depth of experience required to go far.

Queue the team’s alternative’ theme music…

Skipper Ben “The Real Ben Ainsworth” Ainsworth

Ben AinsworthWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Southampton and Nick Bollettieri Academy

How have you trained for this regatta? Yes. Sailing is one of the most physical sports and in the modern era conditioning is an extremely important part of it.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Amelie and I meet up and run through some of the likely tactics that can help, for practicing a variety of winning speeches.

What makes a good team racer teammate? I am left-handed so it’s really helpful if they are right handed so they can cover the other half of the court. I also think a good celebration after every point won is extremely important – although I think the Bryan brothers chest-bump takes things a bit too far.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Closing out a match is normally the hardest part,

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Looking forward to a slow court that will really suit my attritional style of play

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Always had trouble with Novak.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Tom Heywood. He learnt to lose, which really teaches you a lot. He’s also incredibly naturally talented.

Crew Hayley “Anna Kournikova” Gould

Hayley Gould 2016Where are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Southampton and WTA circuit, recently graduated from the international series and hoping to make it in the Premier tournaments

How have you trained for this regatta? Had an excellent little run in actually – BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells followed by Miami, I’ll probably take a break for Charleston to keep the legs fresh.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? I like to have a protein shake, followed by an avocado sandwich, followed by three spins ‘widdershins’.

What makes a good team racer teammate? That they bring their own buoyancy aid, and keep it on at every opportunity. Safety first.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? I’ve always had a notoriously weak serve that can desert me at any hint of pressure.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Champagne sailing. And champagne everything else.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? I take each match one at a time, in the style of my idol Serena.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Tom Heywood should be able to cover all the other teammates effortlessly.

Skipper Andrew “AC” Cornah

Andy CornahWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Sevenoaks and in team racing, match racing and fleet racing, now coaching school kids.

How have you trained for this regatta? I’ve done a fair amount of sitting on cushions which I know is an important skill for a Harbor 20.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Find my least smelly pair of sailing gloves.

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone with the same outlook,aims, goals and appreciation of rum.

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Epic races where the whole team pulls it together – there’s no other form of sailing like that.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? The whole thing is epic. And the sunshine helps.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? If I had to say I would probably say the Americans.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? Because sometimes underdogs can win!

Crew Tom “Beefy” Heywood

Tom HeywoodWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Soameeeerset and I don’t have one, my current iPhone background is me playing a glorious hook shot during the ’81 Ashes

How have you trained for this regatta? Same way I always do – time in the middle. Nothing beats time at the crease

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? A good Somerset scrumpy normally does the job, alternatively throwing balls, really really hard

What makes a good team racer teammate? Quick runs, aggressive bouncers, the ability to bowl a legal doosra also helps

Hardest or favorite part of Team Racing? Adapting to the new T20 game is tough as an all-rounder, I never get a break from the action. Easiest part has be be facing Alderman or Lawson at Headingly

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? Headingly ’81, easy. Melbourne 2010 also has to be up there

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? There will be a few new faces filling some rather large holes in their team – Haddin will have retired, so whoever is behind the stumps will need to be a real anchor for the team. The retirement of Mitch will also mean they don’t have an aggressor anymore

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? The Duke ball, Stuart Broad, the Barmy Army

Skipper Guy “Al” Breary

Guy BrearyWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Cambridge and International Cadets, 29ers, University Sailing, lots of Yachting, Match racing and Team Racing. BA cup 2010 & 2012. Currently living and sailing in Hong Kong.

How have you trained for this regatta? Not so much, I’m soft in the middle now.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? Beer with the chaps

What makes a good team racer teammate? Someone who will be my bodyguard.

Hardest part of Team Racing? Following the directions.

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? You know I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? The Americans, as they are superior in every way. If only we Brits could have followed their lead.

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? I want a shot at redemption, don’t want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard.

Crew Kristen Tiner

Kristen TinerWhere are you from originally and what’s your sailing background? Born in Boston, MA, and I am new to sailing since meeting my fiancé, Guy Brearey.

How have you trained for this regatta? Truthfully I am still learning how to sail so we have had a few sessions out in the Hong Kong harbor and some classroom whiteboard sessions.

What is your usual pre-regatta ritual? This is my first regatta so I will have to let you know after the Baldwin

What makes a good team racer teammate? In my case, I will be successful if I do what Guy tells me to do in the boat – he is the real expert. Plus we are sailing with some of our closest friends so if nothing else it will be a great time!

Favorite Baldwin Cup moment? I am most looking forward to seeing all of our friends from the UK and sailing at a great event.

Who do you think is your biggest competition? Why? Not sure… I know our helms are some of the best in the team racing world though!

Why will your team win this year’s Baldwin Cup? We always win the social.

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