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Volvo Ocean Race- Andrew Cape signs for sixth Round the World Race

by Sail-World on 4 Feb 2014
Navigator Andrew Cape from Australia onboard Team Telefonica during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa. (Credit: Diego Fructuoso/Team Telefonica/Volvo Ocean Race) Diego Fructuoso /Team Telefónica/Volvo Ocean Race http://www.volvooceanrace.com

One of the top Volvo Ocean Race navigator's, Andrew Cape (AUS) is back for his sixth Volvo Ocean Race with Team Brunel, reuniting with his former skipper Bouwe Bekking.

Aged 51, Cape first took part in the race in 1993-94. He entered five editions since then, including in 2005-06 when he sailed with Bekking on movistar. Cape’s addition to the team as navigator only feels natural to the Dutch skipper, now at the helm of Team Brunel.

'We have sailed many races and have been around the globe together, so we know each other very well,' said Bekking, who went through movistar’s sinking and abandonment with Cape in 2006. 'Capey is a topper. He has won nearly everything you can win, but the Volvo Ocean Race is missing in his resume.

'He is not only a navigator but also a superb sailor with a sense of humour. His comments can make you laugh in the toughest situations.'

Called 'Capey' by his sailing friends, the Australian took second with PUMA Ocean Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. He returned with Team Telefónica in the last edition and finished third.

A strong personality and a joker, he has excelled in many other sailing races, including the triumph of winning the America’s Cup with Alinghi in 2003 and taking second in the double-handed Barcelona World Race in 2007.

'It’s great to be involved with such a good team,' said Cape. 'The coming Volvo Ocean Race will be won by the sailors only. I can't wait to get on the water and prove our full potential.'

He will be in charge of analyzing the weather and deciding the best route for the 38,739 nautical miles of the next edition starting on October 4 this year. Cape has sailed six times around the globe, and also won five Sydney-Hobart races. He knows the game.

Andrew Cape in the Volvo Ocean Race:
2011-12 – Team Telefónica
2008-09 – PUMA Ocean Racing
2005-06 – movistar / Ericsson
1997-98 – Toshiba
1993-94 – Tokio

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