Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup profitable helmsman Peter Burling is set to acquire on the gruelling problem of spherical-the-environment ocean racing after agreeing to compete for Dutch entry Workforce Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race.
REUTERS: Olympic gold medallist and America’s Cup profitable helmsman Peter Burling is set to acquire on the gruelling problem of spherical-the-environment ocean racing after agreeing to compete for Dutch entry Workforce Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race.
Burling, who won Olympic gold in the 49er course at Rio 2016 and turned the youngest profitable helmsman in America’s Cup background in June, explained he was searching forward to the problem of proving his competencies as an offshore sailor.
The prize for swapping the fast twenty-moment inshore races he is familiar with for the storm-filled ocean route is a shot at getting to be the to start with individual sailor to gain Olympic gold, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race.
But the New Zealand native is facing off versus his lengthy-phrase sailing associate, Blair Tuke, who has joined Spanish crew Mapfre — a single of the favourites for the title. Winning the Volvo would give both of the New Zealanders the “Triple Crown” of sailing’s top rated events, the race organisers explained.
“Each race you do you want to gain,” Burling explained to reporters in Plymouth. “I have sailed versus Blair a great deal … I consider the two of us will learn a great deal of competencies right before the upcoming time we sail collectively and we will acquire on a problem once again collectively before long.”
The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race starts from Alicante, Spain, on Oct. 22 and covers 45,000 nautical miles (83,000 km) close to the environment, showcasing a total of 12 host ports, with Brunel and Mapfre between seven teams verified so far.
(Writing by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, extra reporting by Alexander Smith, modifying by Larry King)