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The Lucas Oil Ocean Cup team is thrilled to announce that Andy Hindley has joined the team as the 4th record attempt. Currently the Chief Operating Officer for the America's Cup, Hindley has sailed around the world twice and has extensive on-the-water experience in what many would call extreme sailing.

Nigel Hook said, "I consider Andy a friend and the ocean expertise he brings to this team is incredible! Recently in San Francisco prior to the America's Cup Louis Vuitton Cup, Andy and I were training the Umpires on the best way to run the 43' Willard Interceptor. This weekend will be a quite a different adventure." Hindley skippered 'Save the Children' yacht in the 1996/97 BT Global Challenge round the world race, placing 3rd overall with a combined elapsed time of 165 days. Click here to see the YouTube footage from this race.

Hindley's take? "I'm delighted and excited to be part of the team making the record attempt. Having worked with Nigel and the Lucas Oil team during my time running the Powerboat P1 World Championships, I know how professional, skilled and dedicated they are and to get the chance to join them on a record attempt is a rare privilege. The Willard Marine 43' High Speed Interceptor proved itself a very valuable asset as an Umpire boat during the recent America's Cup in San Francisco and I'm looking forward to racing its big brother - should be a hell of a ride!" Nigel Hook is equally proud to announce that parts.com is onboard as a title sponsor for the APISA boat. "It's a splendid match for many reasons, not the least being the Chief Executive Officer is named Michael Lucas and his name is already on the boat!" Hook joked. The two met earlier in the year and forged a prior arrangement with Michael's favored charity The Ocean Discovery. Extreme ocean racing has always been the ultimate frontier for proving out products, and many marine parts are common to the automotive world, such as the two Cummins QSB6.7 550hp engines that are siblings to the diesel engine found in the Dodge Ram 3500 pickup truck.

The team is also proud to announce that Stacie Javancevic, Pacific Sailing & Catalina Charters is coordinating one of their yachts, The Rainmaker, to be the Official Headquarters for the monitoring team stationed in Long Beach. The Rainmaker will host VIP guests and media at slip #5052 in Rainbow Harbor -- be sure to attend the reception to meet the pilots, and hear about their ocean adventure. Javancevic said, "We have plenty of dock space available for overflow! You may monitor the record- breaking finale aboard one of Pacific Sailing's finest luxury yachts. The activities in Rainbow Harbor will be easy to find by following the blue & silver balloons down on the docks." Javancevic is also providing an official Press Boat (email requests to stacie@pacificsailing.net.)