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Volvo Ocean Race - Turn the Tide on Plastic name crew

Dee Caffari has announced her third and fourth additions for Turn the Tide on Plastic in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.Image Jen Edney-VOR

Keeping her promise of building a 50/50 mixed youth crew for the race, Dee has added Italian Olympic sailor Francesca Clapcich and offshore newcomer Lucas Chapman as part of her final sailing squad.

Both of Italian origin and under 30, Francesca (29) and Lucas (25) have been training with the team since it was announced back in late June.

Francesca is the first female Italian sailor in the Volvo Ocean Race since 1989-90.

Having climbed the Olympic ranks she arrives with a lot of experience of smaller boats and inshore sailing, making the Volvo Ocean Race her next big challenge as a professional sailor.

According to Dee, Francesca’s skill and positive attitude made her a natural choice for the team.

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Lucas took a slightly different route to becoming a Volvo Ocean Race sailor.

With dual Italian-Australian nationality and a degree in engineering, he has been focused on offshore sailing from a young age, and has raced the famous 630-nm Sydney–Hobart race five times.

"Lucas is a natural waterman and is confident in all conditions – like Francesca he is strong and keen to learn. It's clear he has made a real effort to be ready for his place in the Volvo Ocean Race.” adds Dee.

“He has gained offshore experience and also got his required qualifications making him a key player to any team. I am delighted he has agreed to sail with us. Our team is starting to take shape."

Turn the Tide on Plastic Director, Phillip Allen says that more crew names will be announced on Thursday 31 August.

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