PETER HOLMBERG LAUNCHES ONLINE PRO-SAILING BUSINESS -- Growing number of Grand Prix racers plan to add Caribbean to world tour itineraries – ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (September 15, 2008) – The recent launch of Peter Holmberg‟s new web-based business www.peterholmberg.com lays to rest speculation that he plans to join another America‟s Cup team, marks the homecoming of St. Thomas‟ most celebrated sailor after years of living abroad, and paves the way for his return to the professional Grand Prix circuit as a free agent. According to Holmberg, the decision to operate his pro-sailing business from his home in the United States Virgin Islands is based, in part, on the growth of the Caribbean‟s signature yacht racing circuit that now features several high-profile events of sufficient caliber to compete effectively with the U.S. East Coast and Europe for seasonal slots on the racing calendar of top IRC-rated yachts making world tours. “Everywhere I raced this summer – from Newport to Sardinia – people were talking about heading south right after January‟s Key West Race Week to do the Caribbean‟s premiere events -- St. Maarten (Heineken Regatta), St. Thomas (International Rolex Regatta), the BVI (Spring Regatta), and (Stanford) Antigua Sailing Week,” says Holmberg, who expects to be a major player, utilizing every home court advantage for whichever team he sails with, when the Grand Prix boats come to visit. Still under wraps, Peter will campaign a new boat in the superyacht racing circuit, which includes the Superyacht Cup Antigua and St. Barth Bucket Regattas, designed to accommodate yachts in the 100‟ to 175‟ range. Holmberg attributes the Caribbean region‟s rise to prominence to its spirited competition, reliable winds, brilliant sunshine, well-managed regattas, and superb sailing venues that stretch from Tobago, Antigua and St. Maarten, to the U.S. and British Virgins, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. “Twenty year ago when I made the move to pro-sailing there were few, if any, opportunities within the Caribbean for sailors like me to earn a living doing what we love,” says Holmberg, who has since shaped his talent for sailing fast into a fulltime career that allows him to compete as a professional helmsman, tactician and strategist at the highest levels of the sport that has defined his life and carried him around the globe. To keep pace with his globe-trotting lifestyle, Holmberg‟s website features a personal perspective „Current News‟ blog with daily posts during regattas that keep his followers abreast of racing action worldwide aboard some of the circuit‟s hottest boats. Yachting enthusiasts will also enjoy the site‟s photo gallery and extensive list of links – to Caribbean regattas organized by season/month, yacht racing news media worldwide, weather, yacht clubs, marinas, and U.S. Virgin Islands tourism – provided as a resource for planning annual race programs. Designed to mirror the diversity of his business plan, the website offers insights into Holmberg‟s hidden talents – for motivational speaking, consulting, project management and sports marketing – skills not generally associated with an Olympic silver medalist, Maxi World Champion, No. 1 world-ranked match racer and America‟s Cup helmsman. To contact Peter Holmberg directly, visit www.peterholmberg.com; email: email@example.com; or address correspondence to 6501 Red Hook Plaza, Suite 201, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00802-1306 ### To download high-resolution images of Peter Holmberg, copyright free for editorial purposes only, and a brief „fact sheet‟ bio, log-on to the Media „Press Room‟ at www.peterholmberg.com.
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