Team Brunel zips south at 22.5 kn/hr
LANZROTE, Spain – Team Brunel, the Dutch entry in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean race, has made it to its training base at Lanzarote in Spain’s Canary Islands. Zeilen Magazine said the Volvo Ocean-65 zipped south at an average speed of 22.5 kn/hr covering 540 miles in a 24-hour period.
The trip from England to the canaries was a bit of roller coaster ride. Zeilen says Skipper Bouwe Bekking remains tight-lipped about his boat’s top speed. It quotes him as saying; “We recorded a max of 45 knots of wind on the bow and 35 knots in the back. The conditions were very tough but the crew handled themselves well. No significant damage to the boat. Overall, I’m very pleased with how it went.”
On arrival here, Team Brunel’s crew and friends were treated to dinner at The ONE BAR at Marina Rubicon. “Lanzarote is great for us,” says Feike Essink, Team Brunel’s Onboard Reporter. “Every day we do our workouts and sail a lot of miles. The great combination of a nice temperature and a constant breeze provides us with everything we need.”
The 2014-15 VOR will visit 11 cities in 11 countries – Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France and Sweden – across a distance of 38,739 nautical miles.
The Race will start on October 4, 2014, day of the first In-Port Race in Alicante, and finish with a final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg.