America's Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Peter Burling has joined Team Brunel for the Volvo Ocean Race.
Burling could become the first sailor in history to win the "Triple Crown" of an Olympic medal, the America's Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.
Like Mapfre, Team Brunel, skippered by ocean racing veteran Bouwe Bekking, is a well-established team and considered one of the frontrunners for the 2017-18 edition. "I can't wait to be thrown into the challenge of extreme offshore racing and broaden my skills and sailing experience", said Burling.
He continued: "Round-the-world ocean racing has always excited me and I'm stoked to be part of Team Brunel on this epic edition. I think both of us will learn a lot of skills before the next time we sail together and we'll take on a challenge again together soon".
Burling will be up against his Team New Zealand teammate Blair Tuke who will be racing for Spanish team Mapfre.
Winning the Volvo would give either of the New Zealanders the "Triple Crown" of sailing's top events, the race organizers said. We are both in a position to gain awesome experience to bring to our future sailing goals. "I look forward to sharing a few stories and beers with him in port".
GETTY IMAGES Bouwe Bekking at the wheel of Team Brunel during the last Volvo Ocean Race
Peter says he is also looking forward to the Auckland stopover in March 2018.
Bouwe Bekking skipper of Team Brunel is looking forward to work with this young talented sailor.
Bekking: "I see Peter as an exponent of the new talented generation". The great thing is that he has proven himself in spite of his young age.
Burling continued: "I've sailed against Blair a lot in the past, and I think he's really enjoying his time onboard MAPFRE".
"Team Brunel is on track for the start in Alicante". At the same time, we are still working hard to prepare and organize everything as well as possible. "Having just toured New Zealand with the America's Cup I got to witness how much Kiwis really do love sailing - and I know they will really get behind the Volvo Ocean Race coming to town". He is eager to do another 49er campaign and defend gold at Tokyo 2010, and will also be a key figure in Team New Zealand's build-up to the defence of the America's Cup in Auckland in 2021.
Peter Burling is the seventh selected sailor in Team Brunel. "In addition, we hope to find a number of new parties that want to collaborate".
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