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Team AkzoNobel sign Brazilian sailing gold medallist

Team AkzoNobel have added Martine Grael, the Brazilian sailing gold medallist from the 2016 Rio Olympics, to their crew for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

Martine Grael - Click image for a larger image

The 26-year-old is the daughter of race legend Torben Grael – Brazil’s most successful Olympic sailor of all-time, with five medals – and she will be joining an AkzoNobel Volvo Race squad.

A squad that features three members of her father’s all-conquering Ericsson 4 team in 2008-09: British navigator Jules Salter, and watch leaders Brad Jackson from New Zealand and the Brazilian Joca Signorini.

Team AkzoNobel dock in Gosport Marina - Click image for a larger image

“Stepping up from the 49er FX to the Volvo Ocean Race with team AkzoNobel is a very exciting opportunity to expand my sailing skills and my fitness level,” Grael said.

“My goal is to as quickly as possible get a good feel for the boat and understand the finesse required to produce the best performance."

“Most of all I want to prove that I belong on this team and I can’t wait to start racing against other boats.”

Team AkzoNobel is led by Simeon Tienpont and the Dutchman is delighted to add another huge sailing talent to his strong multinational crew.

Team AkzoNobel arrive in Portsmouth Harbour - Click image for a larger image

Grael will take part in Leg Zero – a mandatory series of four preliminary races for the seven competing Volvo Ocean Race teams prior to the race start on October 22 in Alicante, Spain.

Leg Zero begins on Wednesday 2 August with a sprint around the Isle of Wight from Cowes, followed by the Rolex Fastnet Race on August 6-9.

The Volvo fleet will the do a further two stages from Plymouth to St Malo and St Malo to Lisbon, to prepare for the race start.

The Volvo Ocean Race begins on 22 October from Alicante, Spain and will visit a total of 12 Host Cities around the world.

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1 August 2017 14:25 GMT


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