Walker's partner in Savannah, John Merricks, was killed in a road accident at Punta Ala, Italy, in 1997. Covell had been teamed in the Star with Glyn Charles, the helmsman washed overboard and lost in the storms of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race five months ago.
Walker was hit hard by the death of Merricks after he escaped from the same vehicle. Ironically, this year's Star world championship, where one of the remaining Olympic places will be on offer, will be staged at Punta Ala in September.
The pair start a series of European regattas with the gathering of Olympic squads in Medemblik, Netherlands, next week for the Spa Regatta.Reuse content