Please select your home edition
Edition
Synergy Marine 2017 Open Bic 728x90 2

Abby Ehler and Andrew Cape to join Team Brunel

by Team Brunel on 14 Sep 14 September 2017
Abby Ehler to join Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race © Team Brunel

Team Brunel adds Britain's Abby Ehler and Australian Andrew Cape to their squad for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. For Ehler it will be a reunion with Annie Lush having sailed the previous Volvo Ocean Race together with Team SCA. Cape isn't new to the team either. He has sailed two Volvo Ocean Races with Bekking before and was the Team Brunel navigator in the previous edition.

"Abby and Andrew both add a lot of value and experience to the team" said Bekking.

"Abby is one of the girls with the most miles under her belt. I have known her since the Amer Sports campaign back in 2001-02. She is a skilled sailor so we are very excited she has joined Team Brunel. Abby has sound technical knowledge, so she will take on the role of boat captain."

Bekking continues: "With Andrew we have one of the best navigators in the world, his track shows that. What hasn't he won? We work well together and have confidence in each other. A must when you go around the world."

Abby first competed in the Volvo Ocean Race with Amer Sports Too in 2001-2002 and more recently in 2014-2015 with Team SCA making this Abby's third Volvo Ocean Race. Since the completion of the last Volvo Ocean Race, Abby has been involved with the re-fit of the VO65's at The Boatyard facility in Lisbon as well as working for the America's Cup LiveLine team who brought to the viewing audience the technology of on-water graphics.

Ehler: "I'm really exited to be joining Team Brunel, the team has a exceptional dynamic to it, with one of the most experienced skippers in the race complemented with young talented sailors from the recent America's Cup and a core of experienced offshore sailors. I'm also excited to be back sailing with my former teammate Annie Lush and to continue building our performance from the last race."

For the 55-year-old Australian navigator Andrew Cape, also known as 'Capey', it will be his seventh Volvo Ocean Race. Of which the third with Bekking.

"We have sailed many races together, so we know each other very well." Cape said. "I'm here because I enjoy this race. But more important is that I believe in this team and am looking forward to convey my experience. At the end of the day it's a competition and I want to win it."

"We are working with the strongest group possible. Our whole campaign is about bringing experience and talent together to move faster." says Dutchman Carlo Huisman.

He continues: "That we now, with less than 40 days till the start, are able to add the experience of Capey and Abby is great. It really fits in with the core essence of the team: transfer knowledge to the next generation. I can't wait to get this race started!"

volvooceanrace.com

Land Rover BAR Cap
REPORT OF THE MONTH SPONSORED BY Report of the Month sponsored by Henri Lloyd Nominate this article for report of the month for your chance to WIN a Land Rover BAR Cap for yourself and the author of the report that receives the most votes. Just fill in the form below!
Your name

Your email address

Why do you like this report?



Related Articles

Vestas 11th Hour Racing takes break from sailing
To study ocean health and climate change With one month to go to the start of the Volvo Ocean Race, sailors filled the halls of the University of Cambridge in England, one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres. Posted on 23 Sep
One month to go
The world's toughest sailing race is back It's the toughest test of a team in professional sport. Winning the trophy has been an obsession for the worlds best sailors since 1973. It has been the source of countless news stories for over four decades. And more importantly, it's back... Posted on 22 Sep
The Harken Tech Team Story begins...
Volvo Ocean Race Lisbon Assembly Period This year Harken will be telling the untold story of our Tech Team behind the hardware of the Volvo Ocean Race boats. The good, the bad, the tough times and the great, we'll share it all with you, starting right here in Lisbon for the assembly period! Posted on 21 Sep
Strömberg joins Turn the Tide on Plastic
Race winner takes up role in Deel Caffari's team Sweden's Martin Strömberg, a three-time race veteran and winner from the 2011-12 edition, is joining skipper Dee Caffari's Turn the Tide on Plastic team for the Volvo Ocean Race. Posted on 19 Sep
Irish Olympic hero and Kiwi offshore racer
Join Dee Caffari's team on Turn the Tide on Plastic Turn the Tide on Plastic have announced two more female sailors for their Volvo Ocean Race campaign – Irish Olympic silver medallist Annalise Murphy and New Zealand's Bianca Cook. Posted on 8 Sep
Musto announced as Official Supplier
To Dee Caffari's Turn the Tide on Plastic team Musto are proud to be announced as the official suppliers to Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by British Sailor and MBE recipient Dee Caffari. Posted on 1 Sep
Turn the Tide on Plastic expand team
Four young sailors added to Volvo Ocean Race squad Turn the Tide on Plastic have added another four young sailors to their crusading campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race – with Welsh America's Cup sailor Bleddyn Mon, fellow Briton Henry Bomby and Portuguese pair Bernardo Freitas & Frederico Pinheiro de Melo. Posted on 31 Aug
Exposure Lights technical lighting partner
For two Volvo Ocean Race Teams Exposure Lights has been selected as the Technical Lighting supplier to both the Dongfeng Race Team and the recently announced Turn the Tide on Plastic campaign for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Posted on 29 Aug
Harken returns as official supplier
To the Volvo Ocean Race Harken has been named official supplier of winches, blocks, traveller systems and mast car systems for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Posted on 24 Aug
MAPFRE set the Volvo Ocean Race bar
With overall Leg Zero victory Spanish team MAPFRE completed overall Leg Zero victory in the early hours of Wednesday (16 August) and struck the first psychological blow in the build-up to the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Posted on 16 Aug