Two new crew for Delta Lloyd
Skipper Roberto Bermúdez de Castro has had no choice, as trimmer Marcelo Ferreira needs to stay home for personal reasons and Dave Miller cannot be missed in the sail loft. Thus Spaniards Juan Meseguer and Marcos Iglesias will replace them.
"I prefer to race with the same crew, but unfortunately that is impossible", says de Castro. "We need Dave to finish the sail inventory in time for the next leg. He just returned from the North Sailis factory in Nevada/USA, where our new main sail is built. So, we were looking for good sailors at a very short notice. I know Juan and Marcos very well, which makes it easier for all of us."
Juan Meseguer has a formidable reputation as sail designer and analyst. He has worked and sailed for BMW Oracle Racing and Prada in past America's Cups. More recently, he designed the sails for the TP52 team Caixa Galicia, skippered by Bermúdez de Castro. "Juan also worked for Telefonica in the current and Ericsson in the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race," continues de Castro.
Marcos Iglesias and Roberto Bermúdez de Castro have spent many hours together on a boat. Together they finished third aboard Galicia 93 Pescanova in the 1993-94 Whitbread Round the World Race. In 2003, they also won Barcelona Olympic Week in the Star class. In the late 1990s, Iglesias competed in the Soling (still an Olympic class then). In addition, he has participated three times in the America's Cup as member of the Spanish syndicates in 1992, 1995 and 2007.
In addition to title sponsor Delta Lloyd, the Dutch/Irish syndicate is also supported by Chieftain Group, Tommy Hilfiger, OHRA Verzekeringen, Port of Rotterdam, Discovery Channel, Weather News and Hemels van der Hart.