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Volvo Ocean race - Mapfre and AkzoNobel add to teams

Two Volvo Ocean Race teams announced additions to their crew on Thursday. Bermuda-born sailor Emily Nagel has joined team AkzoNobe and Antiguan athlete Louis Sinclair joins Mapfre.

Mapfre have completed their squad for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race with a presentation in Sanxenxo, Spain, and announced a last minute addition – America's Cup sailor Louis Sinclair.

The Antiguan athlete, whose signing was announced at the event at the Real Club Nautico de Sanxenxo on Thursday, joins a team led by skipper Xabi Fernández and featuring six nationalities.

Having stepped onboard winning boat Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing during the 2014-15 edition, Sinclair is no stranger to the Volvo Ocean Race – and since the end of that successful campaign he has played a key part in Oracle Team USA’s defence of the America’s Cup.

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Bermuda-born sailor Emily Nagel has joined team AkzoNobel – making her the 11th confirmed member of Simeon Tienpont’s squad for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18.

The 23-year-old Nagel is the third female sailor to be announced as part of Dutch team AkzoNobel.

Nagel’s position as part of team AkzoNobel comes after two months of intense trialling with the team and taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race Leg Zero qualifying series.

Nagel, who started sailing at the age of 10, holds a Masters degree in engineering from Southampton University. She completed an internship with America’s Cup team SoftBank Japan, giving her invaluable experience in the eyes of her new skipper Tienpont.

All the boats are set to arrive at the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in Lisbon by 18 September for final maintenance checks ahead of a non-scoring 'prologue' leg from Lisbon to Alicante ahead of the start of the race.

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