Final crewman announced for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing has announced the final person to complete its eight-man crew for the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race with the signing of Spain’s Roberto ‘Chuny’ Bermúdez de Castro Muñoz. 44-year-old ‘Chuny’ has now joined the team at its Portuguese training base in Cascais.
‘Chuny’ is one of Spain’s most accomplished professional sailors having represented his country at the Athens 2004 Olympics and raced for Spanish teams in the America’s Cup and the highly competitive Audi MedCup.
His Volvo Ocean Race track record features podium finishes in four out of the five races he’s competed in. Chuny finished third overall on Galicia 93 Pescanova in the 1993/94 race, before going one better in 2001-2002 when he was second overall aboard Assa Abloy alongside current ADOR Performance Director Neal McDonald as Skipper.
After another third in the 2005-06 edition aboard Brasil 1, in 2008-09, Bermúdez recorded his only result outside the top three, when he finished seventh on Dutch entry Delta Lloyd. In the last race, sailing alongside ADOR’s Andrew McLean aboard Camper, he finished second overall.
“Chuny’s Volvo Ocean Race experience is remarkable,” said Ian Walker. “As well as being one of the most sought after professional sailors around, he’s also a thoroughly nice guy and fits perfectly into our line-up.”
Now taking on the race for a sixth time, the affable Spaniard is gunning for victory and says he joined ADOR because he believes it has what it takes to bring the coveted Volvo Ocean Race trophy to Abu Dhabi: “I know all the crew and I have sailed with Animal, SiFi, the ADOR navigator, its bowman Justin ‘Irish’ Slattery and Neal McDonald before.
“I’ve only ever raced against Ian and have a lot of respect for him and the rest of the crew as fierce competitors. That’s how I know this is a good strong team and one I’m proud to be a part of.”