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Team Brunel off to Lanzarote

February 23, 2014 by robert in Featured, NL Excel, Sail with 0 Comments

ENKHUIZEN – Team Brunel, the Dutch entry in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, is moving to its training base at Lanzarote, the easternmost of Spain’s Canary Islands. The one-design Volvo Ocean-65, skippered by Douwe Bekking, was built at Green Marine near Southampton (UK), part of Vitters Shipyard of the Netherlands.

Team Brunel got its yellow, black and gray colors _ and an oh-so-silky finish! _ at Mastjachtschilders BV, a Dutch company that does much work on racing yachts.

No anti-fouling was used. Logos and lettering were not stuck onto the top coat, but painted into it – jigsaw puzzle-style _ to cause no drag. The seam lines were then sanded and coated. The keel and rudders were also painted, but not the interior.

The VOR’s 12th edition starts from Alicante, Spain on Oct. 4. It will end 9 months and 10 port stops later at Gothenburg, Sweden with a final in-port race on June 27, 2015.

Team Brunel has launched a plan to engage Dutch school kids in the 2014-15 race. Each elementary school can participate. Teaching materials include ocean racing video footage, a map showing the VOR’s round-the-world route and educational information about areas the race visits such as the environment, culture, biology, history and geography.

To date 5 teams have formally announced they will join join the next VOR. For the first time, all teams will sail in identical one-design yachts, a move designed to curb participation costs. The next VOR will be the Bekking’s 7th. His previous participation: 1985- 86 (co-skipper Philips Innovator) , 1993-94 (watch captain Winston), 1997-98 (helmsman/tactician one leg, Merit Cup), 2001-02 (co-skipper Amer Sports One) , 2005-06 (skipper Movistar) , 2008-09 (Skipper Telefonica Blue).

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