Sailing: Morton on the Orient Express

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DOUBTS over Britain being able to field an Admiral's Cup team for the 1993 event it hosts in July were swept away yesterday as Graham Walker bought Mike Peacock's 50-footer Juno and a long-time associate Peter Morton chartered the one-tonner Orient Express, writes Stuart Alexander.

Royal Ocean Racing Club Rear- Commodore Stuart Quarrie also indicated that there are moves under way to fill the third team slot with a 45-foot two-tonner.

Walker, who was syndicate boss of Britain's Crusader challenge for the 1986-87 America's Cup, is a former Admiral's Cup team captain. Morton was central to the organisation of the Jersey team in last year's Commodores' Cup.

It is expected that a crew squad for all three boats will be assembled with Eddie Warden Owen, Stuart Childerley and Glyn Charles among the candidates for helmsmen, while designer Ed Dubois will be co-ordinating some of the management of the one-tonner.