Team Alpari FX Launch Event with Celebrity Magician Troy on RTYC J/80s


On 3rd April 2014, Alpari released a film entitled “The Sailing Lesson”, featuring Channel 4’s magician of the moment Troy Von Scheibner. In the film Troy meets Alpari’s unsuspecting professional sailing crew “Team Alpari FX” for a sailing lesson with a difference.

This collaboration with Troy marked the launch of the new 2014 Team Alpari FX line-up: Australian skipper Keith Swinton, bowman Ricky McGarvie (Aus), trimmer Ted Hackney (Aus), tactician Ben Lamb (Aus) and pitman Tudur Owen (GB), who previously raced under the name Black Swan Racing.

The newly-appointed Team Alpari FX will be competing in the 2014 season of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour (AWMRT).

Speaking after the stunt skipper Keith Swinton remarked: “Flying straight in from Australia with no idea of what today’s launch event would entail had us all guessing. Meeting Troy was fantastic and we still can’t get our heads around how the boom went straight through him. If only we could master it, it would certainly save us some on-board injuries! Today has been a great way to start our sponsorship with Alpari; hopefully we can pull some of our own tricks out of the bag this season!”

Magician Troy said: “I've always wanted to perform magic with a yacht – so when they called me about this, I was 100% there. The guys in Team Alpari FX were great to spend time with and I look forward to seeing them turn their own magic tricks on water this season."

The stunt was filmed at the Queen Mary Sailing Club using J/80s provided by the Royal Thames Yacht Club. Click here to watch the video.