Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will return for a record-equalling seventh bid for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, the world’s leading crewed offshore race, as skipper of a new campaign launched by Brunel on Tuesday in Amsterdam.
Sailing Holland, an initiative of several well-known Dutch yachtsmen, and Brunel International N.V. have reached an agreement about participation in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race.
Team Brunel is the fourth campaign to announce its participation in the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race which starts with the Alicante in-port race on October 4, 2014 before setting off for the near nine-month, 39,379-nautical mile marathon a week later.
The Brunel campaign will take on a more definite shape over the coming months. The boat is ready at the shipyard in England and will be launched as soon as possible. Following a few trial runs, it will sail to The Netherlands for the inauguration ceremony.
After that, the team and boat will leave for an as-yet-undetermined location in Southern Europe for an extensive training and selection programme.
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3 December 2013 9:57