TEAM USA TO JOIN TRANS-ATLANTIC WINDSURF RACE2000:

Portugal-Brazil, March 18 - April 6, 2000

More Details at American Windsurfer site

Gilford, NH: A multicultural team of seven professional and amateur windsurfers will become America's entry in the Trans-Atlantic Windsurf Race2000 (TAWR 2000). The first international oceangoing competition of the new millennium, TAWR2000 is scheduled to begin in Algarve, Portugal on March 18,

2000 and finish in Fortaleza, in the state of Ceara, Brazil, on April 6, 2000. The course of the race will take sailors from Portugal, to Madeira, Tenerife (in the Canary Islands), and Cabo Verde, off the African coast. It is expected that, on March 28, sailors from eight national teams will race each other across the Atlantic Ocean, to Brazil.

The windsurfers' arrival, at the finish line, will kick off celebrations tied to the yearlong Brazilian festivities marking the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese. The Brazilian and Portuguese governments are cosponsoring TAWR2000.

TeamUSA

Team USA is made up of five men and one woman.

Team captain is Briton Guy Miller, 44, a software developer based in Austin, Texas. Guy is an amateur windsurfer who has competed in numerous windsurfing events around the world, including winning the Senior Master division of the windsurfing US Open in 1996. Miller's participation in the race is sponsored by his employer, Trilogy Software, Inc., of Austin, Texas.

John Chao, 46, is the publisher and editor of American Windsurfer Magazine, the largest windsurfing publication in the world. Chao was an Olympic windsurfer in 1984, the first year that windsurfing became an Olympic sport. He will sail with the team and will be filling reports as correspondent at sea.

Renata Fuzetti, 23, a pro windsurfer from Sao Paulo, Brazil, who is now living on Maui, considered to be the world's best site for professional windsurfing.

Brazilian Marco de Moraes, 36, who lives and works in Greenwich, Connecticut, is a dedicated amateur windsurfer who sails all year round in New England. DeMoraes, who is originally from Rio de Janeiro, is sponsored by his employer, the World Wrestling Federation.

American Monty Spindler, 43, one of the world's premier windsurfing sail designers and a semi-pro sailor, is based in Tarifa, Spain. Spindler is the designer/owner of The Loft sails and will be sponsored by LAM Sails, the manufacturer for The Loft brand.

Australian-born Brian Antel, 19, is an amateur windsurfer with professional aspirations. Antel lives in Charleston, South Carolina and is a full-time college student studying business communications.

The multicultural American team has been chosen not only based on their windsurfing skills but also for their endurance and stamina to withstand the challenges and difficulties of this endeavor. "We are extremely fortunate to have an exceptional group of adventurers," says John Chao.

Specially-designed Boats to House Each Team

Each team will live in a specially designed, 35-foot boat for the entire race. Equipped with state-of-the-art satellite navigation and safety equipment, the boat will follow each racer closely, as a back-up. After each 250-mile leg, the team boats will rendezvous at a resupply vessel anchored at sea, for a day of refueling, rest, and debriefing. Ship doctor Chris Reid will be stationed onboard the resupply vessel for the duration of the event.

Daily TV Coverage of Windsurfers at Sea

TAWR2000 will be the first transoceanic windsurfing event to be televised, around the world, during the race. SNTV, a joint venture of AP and TWI, will have camera crews, helicopters, and satellite facilities available for daily feeds to SNTV's headquarters in London, where daily highlights will be edited and fed to SNTV's clients around the world. "In the USA, SNTV supplies CNN and ESPN," says SNTV editor David Howells, in London.

Ask yourself, " How many raw challenges are left in the world, that are primal, hands on and elemental? The stakes are high...be careful what you wish for."

Sponsorship

An undertaking this challenging is not to be taken lightly and unprepared. Team USA also needs our financial support for this endeavor. For example, Guy Miller's employer and sponsor, Trilogy Software, has already contributed $12,000, that covers his entry fee for the event. Miller estimates that it could easily cost another $12,000 for items as rental of a satellite phone ($2,000), a marine handheld GPS ($1,200), airfare to Portugal, airfare to Austin from Brazil, sea worthy clothing, not to mention windsurfing equipment tough enough to withstand the race, and compete against the other international teams.

Media Coverage

For information about media coverage of TAWR2000, please contact Julian Yoemans at julian@ssm-freesports.com

For information about media coverage for TeamUSA, please contact Laurie Nadel at LNADE@aol.com or phone 516.889.9763. (Laurie Nadel is a Contributing Editor of American Windsurfer Magazine).