Australian Andrew Cape joins Team Brunel
ENKHUIZEN _ Australian navigator Andrew Cape, 51, returns to his 6th Volvo Ocean Race. He has joined Team Brunel, the Dutch entry in the 2014-15 under skipper Bouwe Bekking. Cape’s first VOR was in 1993-94. He entered 5 more editions, including in 2005-06 on Movistar, skippered by Bekking who was forced to abandoned the race with significant keel problems. The yacht sank.
Bekking says Cape “has won nearly everything you can win, but the VOR is missing in his resume.” He took 2nd with PUMA Ocean Racing in 2008-09. He served on Team Telefónica in the last VOR, finishing 3rd. Cape will be in charge of analyzing the weather and Team Brunel’s route selection in the next 38,739nm VOR that starts Oct. 4. Cape has sailed 6 times around the globe and won the 5 Sydney-Hobart races.
The 2014-15 VOR end ends June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. It has these stopovers: Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, US), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France). A 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague is scheduled between France and Sweden.