Tony Bullimore Shore Crew Crew Members
Fred Dahirel. (Fr - 37)
Fred Dahirel brings a wealth of multihull experience to the crew. After racing aboard Alain Gabbay's 1989/90 Whitbread challenger Charles Jourdan, the 37 year old Frenchman joined up with Florence Arthaud aboard her 60ft trimaran Groupe Pierre 1er, and sailed aboard Jean Maurel in the 1992 Quebec St Malo race. In 1996, he won the Round Europe Race on Loïck Peyron's 60ft trimaran Fujicolor and sailed with Francis Joyon on Banque Populaire in the 1998 Round Europe Race. In between time, he skippered the 60ft monohull Clause Jardin in the 1994 Route du Rhum solo transatlantic race.

Kevin Pahl (USA - 47)
Kevin Pahl and Tony Bullimore go back a long way - and even further as far asTEAM LEGATO is concerned. The 47 year old American was one of the Canadair building team which produced the Nigel Irens design back in 1982. He then joined Tony aboard the 60ft trimaran Apricot a year later when she won the 1983 Round Europe Race. In 1987 he spent the season racing Dupon Duran before re-joining Tony on Spirit of Apricot in 1988. In 1995 he raced with Bullimore in the 2man Round Britain & Ireland race and stayed on to prepare his 60ft monohull Exide Challenger for the 1997 Vendee Globe Race.

Slava Sysenko (Ukr - 47)
Slava Sysenko knows more than most about the depravations of racing yachts around the world. The 47 year old Ukranian sailor was a crew member aboard Russia's first Whitbread Round the World race entry Fazizi in the 1989/90 race which took on the guise of a submarine with its periscope raised in the wild waters of the Southern Ocean. He then went on to sail Odessa in the next Whitbread race and was forced to live on a staple diet of potatoes for much of the circumnavigation after the campaign ran short of funds. Sysenko has been preparing TEAM LEGATO for this current challenge, and not surprisingly perhaps, made sure that she is equipped with far higher standards of comfort - and food!

Mike Gettinger (USA - 37)
Mike Gettinger knows Team Legato inside out, having crewed on her during a succession of transatlantic and Pacific voyages while she was still in her ENZA colours. The 37 year old American, gained his first blue water experience on the maxi circuit, racing well known yachts like Congere and Matador. In 1993 he joined Bernard Perrin on the former Whitbread maxi Merit, before racing on Mike Slade's British challenger Longobarda. In 1998, he spent the season racing on the top French trimaran Primagaz. Highly experienced in all forms of big boat racing, Mike has a key role to play during THE RACE.

Jason Owen (GBR - 30) Navigator and onboard weatherman
Jason Owen has taken a 3-month sabbatical from Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) to join TEAM LEGATO as navigator. Owen is an high tech ocean navigator with 8 years of offshore racing experience that has taken in four Fastnets and one Round Ireland race. Specialising in meteorology, weather routing and satellite image interpretation, Jason's grounding in optimal course calculation, routing and tactical analysis of performance data will be vital onboard TEAM LEGATO during THE RACE when he will be supported by routing advice ashore by Robbie Burns and Mike Broughton. Jason, who was part of Adrian Stead's match racing crew during 2000, is also a registered medic.
Paul Larson (Australia - 30)
Paul joined us from Team Philips. A sailor since 13, he jumped aboard Bruno Peyron's Explorer with Skip Novak in 1998 for the delivery to Japan and stayed aboard for the successful Trans-Pacific record attempt to San Francisco. He came to Europe two years ago and got involved with the refit and sailing of Spirit (formerly Tony Bullimore"s Spirit of Apricot) in the "Round Europe Race" where he met Pete Goss. He joined Team Philips in September 99 for an attempt at THE RACE which ended when she was abandoned in the North Atlantic earlier this month Paul then came straight to Barcelona to join TEAM LEGATO. "I have heard only good words about the strength of this famous boat, and considering the amazing support we received aboard Team Philips from the British public, felt drawn to Tony Bullimore"s boat which is now the sole British Entry."
Armand Coursodon (Fr - 35)
Armand Coursodon has joined TEAM LEGATO from Loïck Peyron's Innovation Explorer which he helped prepare for THE RACE. A highly experienced ocean racing yachtsman, Coursodon who hails from St. Malo, crewed for Eric Dumont for 2 years sailing open 60's and trimarans before joining Ludde Ingvall's maxi-one design Nicorette for the world championship series. He has completed 5 transatlantic races, raced in the Rolex cup in St. Tropez and last summer sailed with Russell Coutts in the Sardinia Cup.
Olivier Cusin (Fr - 31)
Olivier Cusin is a rigger by trade who has joined TEAM LEGATO from Cam Lewis' American entry Team Adventure. This 31 year old Frenchman from Quiberon sailed with Paul Vatine for a year on the multihull Region Haute de Normandie. He has 3 transatlantic crossings to his credit and skippered Pen Duick VI for a year. Last year he sailed the Fastnet Race on Whirlpool
"Like, Armand, I set my heart on competing in THE RACE. Unfortunately, there was no room for either of us on Innovation Explorer and Team Adventure, so the opportunity to join TEAM LEGATO was too good to turn down."
Rob Salvidge (GBR - 43) Cameraman and Cook
Rob was one of the journalists recently press-ganged on board TEAM LEGATO for a day's sail from Bristol only to end up in Lisbon. A news reporter with the BBC, Rob so enjoyed the experience that he returned to Bristol and asked the Corporation for a 2-month sabbatical to rejoin Bullimore's crew. He competed in the 1989 Fastnet Race and more recently took part in the Times' Clipper round the world race, producing a documentary on the event for BBC 2. He says of THE RACE "TEAM LEGATO is a fantastic boat and I'm very impressed with her strength and speed. I believe this coupled with a strong crew and her ability to take on heavy seas will be the elements that win THE RACE".