Boston, MA - April 20, 2006 - Enjoy the sail of a lifetime aboard Gryphon Solo with skipper Joe Harris, winner of the 2005 Transat Jacques Vabre Race and runner-up in the 2004 Solo Transat Race from Plymouth England to Boston. The full story is at www.gryphonsolo.com.
The sail on Gryphon solo is one of the spectacular auction items being offered at Sail Newport's Gala on May 13th in Newport RI, the Bermuda Bash-Fundraiser party on Sunset Terrace at the Newport Yachting Center held to celebrate the Bermuda Race Centennial and benefit Sail Newport's Public Sailing Programs. For details, see: http://www.sailnewport.org/npt/m/_general/bermudalanding.asp
Gryphon Solo, built entirely of lightweight carbon fiber, uses a hydraulically operated canting keel for added stability. The boat has twin daggerboards and twin rudders to provide added "lift" to windward. The combination of massive sail area, stability and light construction gives the boat tremendous power and acceleration. Gryphon Solo is a modern racing machine, capable of speeds in excess of 20 knots while remaining stable and under control. The yacht carries the latest high-tech electronics and communications equipment, allowing the skipper to not only sail competitively, but also to stay in touch with sailors, sponsors and the media from anywhere on earth. Future plans for Joe and his Open 50 include the 2006 Newport Bermuda Race, the 2007 Pineapple Cup, The Bermuda One/Two, and the 2007/08 Global Ocean Challenge a solo round the world race starting in Europe with stops in South Africa, New Zealand, South America, South Carolina and finishing back in Europe.
Joe and Team GS are actively seeking sponsorship for this program that culminates in the toughest endurance test of any sporting event on the planet- the GOC- and a post-race speaking and promotional tour being organized to tell his story.
For information about Joe Harris and the Gryphon Solo program and sponsorship opportunities go to www.gryphonsolo.com .