Four young guns

Yet more new crew announcements for the Telefonica Volvo Ocean Race team

Friday July 18th 2008, Author: Telefonica, Location: United Kingdom
Today, the Telefónica team introduces its four new young stars aged between 25 and 27 in its team. The four Pablo Arrarte, Antonio Cuervas-Mons, Daryl Wislang and Michael Pammenter will be sailing the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time, taking on what’s sure to be the adventure of their lifetimes. A new rule for this Volvo Ocean Race is that each crew must include two under 30 year olds.

Youth, a thirst for knowledge and bundles of enthusiasm characterise these young sailors, who are all well aware that this is a magnificent opportunity to help them develop as sailors. They will also have the full support of everyone onboard, including sailors with extensive knowledge and experience that they will be able to share with the
young sailors.

Pablo Arrarte Elorza (Santander, 11/11/1980), 27 years old from Santander, in Northern Spain has already had a taste of sailing at a top level. His Olympic participation the Star class in the 2004 Athens Games proves that, and his Olympic experience doesn’t stop there: he was also a member of the Spanish Finn pre-Olympic training team.

Pablo is also a familiar face on the TP52 circuit. In 2005 he won Spain’s prestigious Copa del Rey onboard Quantum Lexus, and recently he has been a firm fixture in the TP52 Bribón crew, which won the Sardinia Rolex Cup in 2006.

The moment has arrived for Pablo to go one step further towards ocean sailing, and Pablo’s sure about what he’s doing: “For me, the Volvo Ocean Race is one of the three most important events in this sport. The chance to compete in this edition came up and I jumped at it. I’ll also be sailing with an extremely powerful and strong team”.

Antonio Cuervas-Mons (Santander, 22/12/1981), better known as “Ñeti”, is also from Santander. Sailing since he was a child, he’s never been afraid to take on new challenges. He’s sailed Olympic Tornados and 49ers, as well as in the TP 52 class. In 2006, along with Arrarte, he also brought home a victory in the Sardinia Rolex Cup for Spain in the TP52 class. Antonio Cuervas will be taking on the role of pitman on the Volvo Open 70, although he knows that when you’re taking on one of the toughest sailing challenges, you’ve got to be prepared for anything.

Daryl Wislang (Nelson, New Zealand, 20/05/1981) is another of the under-30s fighting the Telefónica team corner. At just 27 years old, Daryl has gone from being part of the movistar shore crew for the 2005-06 edition, working in the sail loft, to sailing as bowman with the Telefónica team in their latest challenge.

For this young sailor, his offshore experience is more extensive than you might think. In 2006 he won the Rolex Middle Sea Race onboard Morning Glory and in the same year also became World Champion in the Maxi class onboard the Wally 95 Magic Carpet. The America’s Cup isn’t left out either, and in the last edition Daryl worked with United
Internet Team Germany in the sail loft.

“This is a dream come true for me. This is a real step up in sailing terms and I’m so happy to be part of this team”, said Daryl. “To be given the chance to crew onboard one of these boats and to make the most of the experience is the biggest decision I’ve ever taken since I started sailing”.

The youngest addition to the Telefónica team is Michael Pammenter (Durban, South Africa, 11/03/1983). 'Mike' is signing up for is very first circumnavigation with the Spanish team and will also be taking on the role of bowman, which he has done before on a Volvo Open 70, taking part in races such as the Ferder Race or the Gotland Runt.

It’s no mean feat finding a 25 year-old with such an extensive CV racing larger boats. At 22 he took part in Cowes Week onboard the 98ft Super Maxi Maximus, which smashed the round the Isle of Wight record.

Always very positive and attentive to what’s going on around him, “Mike” confirms that he’s looking forward getting going: “I am really excited to do this race. For me this is a big thing, I mean, this is the start of hopefullly many sailing events to come and I am just really looking forward to the opportunity of racing around the world with a lot of awesome guys and a great team.”

These new additions push the Telefónica team total crewmembers up to 18:

1. Bouwe Bekking
2. Iker Martínez
3. Fernando Echávarri
4. Jordi Calafat
5. Xabi Fernández
6. Pepe Ribes
7. Jaime Arbones
8. Gonzalo Araújo
9. Simon Fisher
10. Javier de la Plaza
11. Jonathan Swain
12. David Vera
13. Roger Nilson
14. Laurent Pages
15. Pablo Arrarte
16. Antonio Cuervas-Mons
17. Daryl Wislang
18. Michael Pammenter

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