Team Brunel off to Lanzarote
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.
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).