Back for his gerzillionth VOR
One of world's most respected navigators, Andrew Cape, will join Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. With five Volvo Ocean Races behind him, including a second place finish, the 51-year old Lymington-based Australian remains eager to do another one.
Team Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking is delighted to welcome Andrew Cape back onboard: "We have sailed many races together and around the planet, so we know each other very well. Capey is a topper. He has won nearly everything you can win, but the Volvo Ocean Race is missing on his CV. Besides the navigation, he is a superb sailor with a sense of humour, who with his remarks can make you laugh in the toughest situations."
Cape and Bekking sailed together on the ill-fated movistar in the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race. The year after Cape teamed up with Alex Thomson finishing second in the doublehanded Barcelona World Race. He did not have long to recover, joining Puma for the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, Cape's third participation. They took a second place overall, which is Cape's best performance in world's leading crewed offshore race so far.
In the last race, Cape sailed on Team Telefónica, early leader, but ultimately beaten by Groupama.
With Team Brunel, his role as navigator is fundamental to the team's tactics and strategy. He will gather and analyse all available meteorological information that is needed for plotting the course well. His knowledge gained from six circumnavigations Cape knows how to play this game.
"It is great to be involved with such a good team," said Cape. "The coming Volvo race will won by the sailors aboard. I can't wait to get on the water and prove our full potential."