Full Telefonica crew revealed...finally

Spanish team's bowmen revealed

Saturday July 23rd 2011, Author: James Boyd, Location: Spain

The final two crew of the Spanish Volvo Ocean Race entry Telefonica have been announced in Spain's 'Ñeti' Cuervas-Mons and Australian Zane Gills, two of her under 30s, both of whom will be bowmen on board.

Antonio Cuervas-Mons set out in the sport at the Real Club Marítimo de Santander, is making a return to the Spanish team in what will be his second round the world regatta following his 2008-2009 debut. With experience in dinghy sailing and the Olympic classes, for 'Ñeti' the Volvo Ocean Race is special because "it is a long-standing reference for offshore sailing. It's a regatta with so much history and any sailor can take it on, and of course, win it."

Telefónica skipper, Iker Martínez, highlights that "'Ñeti' is really strong and he has very good aerobic qualities, as well as good knowledge of all other areas of the boat."

Originally from Tasmania, Zane Gills, 28, will be sailing his first Volvo Ocean Race with Telefonica. It's a challenge he says he is taking on "with a lot of enthusiasm and focus, and a bit of excitement, but I am basically trying to focus a lot on just doing the best that we can and hopefully winning the race."

Gills' experience on big boats spans across regattas such as the Rolex Sydney-Hobart, which he has raced in four times, the Rolex Middle Sea Race and the Fastnet Race, which he sailed in on three occasions.

"I think it's a very important step in my career. I've always been focussed on trying to do the Volvo race and it has been an aim of mine since I was a boy," Gills admits. "Sailing with the Spanish team is very, very good for me, because the Spanish have always been quite competitive in sailing and especially in the last editions of the Volvo Ocean Race they have always been one of the teams to beat, so I'm quite happy to be sailing with one of the better teams."

Iker Martínez points out that "as well as being a bowman alongside Ñeti, Zane has sail-making knowledge."

And thus the full crew line-up of Telefonica will be:

Iker Martínez (ESP), skipper.
Andrew Cape (AUS), navigator.
Neal McDonald (GBR), watch captain.
Joao Signorini “Joca” (BRA), watch captain.
Jordi Calafat (ESP), helmsman & sail coordinator.
Xabi Fernández (ESP), trimmer.
Pepe Ribes (ESP), boat captain.
Pablo Arrarte (ESP), helmsman.
Antonio Cuervas-Mons “Ñeti” (ESP), bowman.
Zane Gills (AUS), bowman.
Diego Fructuoso (ESP), media crew member.


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