Photo: Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

New recruits for Team Vestas Wind

Chris Nicholson brings on some Camper heavy guns

Tuesday September 2nd 2014, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom

Further crewman have been announced joining skipper Chris Nicholson aboard Team Vestas Wind for the Volvo Ocean Race. Inevitably some recruiting has gone on from Nicholson's Camper crew from the last race and returning with seven Volvo Ocean Races already under their belts already between them are New Zealanders Tony Rae and Rob Salthouse.

They are joined by two other crew members with past Volvo Ocean Race experience, Dutch navigator Wouter Verbraak and Argentinian Maciel Cichetti.

Among the new talent on board will be 23-year-old Australian Tom Johnson, alongside young Danish match racers Nicolai Sehested and Peter Wibroe.

Onboard Reporter for the race will be Irishman Brian Carlin, who has recently completed the Clipper Round the World Race in a similar role.

Chris Nicholson commented: “We need a crew with plenty of guys on board who know exactly what the Volvo Ocean Race is all about, guys who can hit the ground running and help make us competitive in the shortest time possible. And we also need a team that can gel quickly because this race more than ever before, will be about teamwork and making the right decisions together.

“We’re confident we’ve achieved just that with a mixture of huge experience in Trae (Rae), Salty (Salthouse) and myself and guys who are ready to learn from them like Nicolai (Sehested) and Peter (Wibroe). Vestas’ core business values of accountability, simplicity and collaboration are spot on for what we’re trying to achieve with our crew. If we can show those qualities under the extreme pressure of the Volvo Ocean Race we’ll do just fine.”

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