Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Australia's Andrew Cape Joins Team Brunel - Volvo Ocean Race News

Enkhuizen, The Netherlands – February 3, 2014

Australian navigator Andrew Cape is back for his sixth Volvo Ocean Race with Team Brunel, reuniting with his former skipper Bouwe Bekking.
Photo: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
Cape, 51, first competed in the race in 1993-94. Since then he has raced in five editions of the race including in the 2005-06 race when he sailed with Bekking on Movistar. Cape’s inclusion in the crew as navigator is a natural fit for the Dutch skipper, who will helm Team Brunel.
Photo: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
“We have sailed many races and have been around the globe together, so we know each other very well. Capey is a topper and has won nearly everything you can win, but the Volvo Ocean Race is missing in his resume," Bekking said
Photo: Maria Muina/Team Telefonica 
“He is not only a navigator but also a superb sailor with a sense of humour and is comments can make you laugh in the toughest situations.”
Photo: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
The pair endured Movistar’s sinking and abandonment during the Volvo Ocean Race in 2006.Cape took second with PUMA Ocean Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. He returned with Team Telefónica in the last edition and finished third.
Photo: Amory Ross/PUMA Ocean Racing/Volvo Ocean Race
A strong personality and a joker, he has excelled in many other sailing races, including the triumph of winning the America’s Cup with Alinghi in 2003 and taking second in the double-handed Barcelona World Race in 2007.
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
“It’s great to be involved with such a good team,” said Cape. “The coming Volvo Ocean Race will be won by the sailors only. I can't wait to get on the water and prove our full potential.”
Photo: Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
He will be in charge of analysing the weather and deciding the best route for the 38,739 nautical miles of the next edition starting on the fourth of October, 2014 Cape has sailed six times around the globe won five Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Races. He knows the game.

Andrew Cape in the Volvo Ocean Race:
2011-12 – Team Telefónica
2008-09 – PUMA Ocean Racing
2005-06 – movistar / Ericsson
1997-98 – Toshiba
1993-94 – Tokio

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