Please select your home edition
RS Sailing 2020 - RSSS - LEADERBOARD

Volvo Ocean Race: A stopover in The Hague

by Nic Douglass 28 Jun 2018 23:30 PDT 29 June 2018
Volvo Ocean Race - A stopover in The Hague © Nic Douglass /

On my way home from the Newport Bermuda Race I stopped in at The Hague to catch up with the Volvo Ocean Race sailors post-race and post celebratory hangovers.

I interviewed nine sailors, live and uncut, eight of who I spoke to in Alicante before the race start:

To hit the ground running on my just over 24 hour stopover at The Hague, I caught up with Kyle Langford and Pete Burling, who have both come a long way from next to no ocean racing experience, and as former rivals at the AC35 in Bermuda. We chat about what could have been, and what is next, including some time off for these two elite sailors, the Cup and a potential NZ ocean racing team...

Next I headed to the DongFeng base to chat with the winning team!

First up was Chen Jin Hao, or Horace, we covered what the win means to him, and most importantly to China...

Then Carolijn Brouwer, one of the first three sailor girls to win the Volvo Ocean Race. The team won their first leg of the race when it mattered in her home country of the Netherlands...

And finally the skipper, Charles Caudrelier. We talk about DongFeng's faith to form the team early, how far the Chinese sailors on the team have come, how Carolijn's spirit kept the team moving forward, and what might be next to keep the winning momentum going...

Next up I headed to Mapfre to catch up three sailors, the first chat was with Sophie Ciszek, who I have spoken with at every stopover I have been to throughout the race. While it may have been tough to come second (even though it's an awesome achievement!) nothing is keeping this Sailor Girl down.

Next up was the boat captain Rob Greenhalgh. We look back at a few of the moments he may have wanted to change for a different outcome, chat about his potential next lap of the planet, and his plans to head "down under" after his duties wrap up at The Hague...

My final chat at Mapfre was with Blair Tuke. While he is pretty disappointed with second, he is looking forward to some well earned time off after a massive few years from the Olympics to the Cup and a Volvo... We talk more about a potential NZ team in future offshore races...

Last but not least I caught up with David Witt at the Scallywag base to talk about the ups and downs of their race... Definitely a tough interview, from the "social experiment" and Dr. Bes, to #ForeverFish and what is next...

After a big few weeks away, it's time for this Sailor Girl to do some sailing of her own, in the meantime for more adventures check out my website, or head straight to my social channels, @sailorgirlHQ on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Related Articles

Adventures Weekly with John Bertrand AO
Chatting about the legendary Australia II win in his role as skipper What an amazing show with John Bertrand AO to chat about the legendary Australia II win in his role as skipper, the Olympics both in 1972 and then 1976 where he won bronze, his mentors, his teammates, his youth and the psychology of winning. Posted on 24 May
Adventures Weekly with Tracy Edwards
On her inspiring journey with Maiden and The Maiden Factor What a show...! For Adventures Weekly on 15 May 2020 the Sailor Girl welcomed Tracy Edwards MBE, direct from the UK to chat about her inspiring journey with Maiden, and The Maiden Factor. Posted on 17 May
Adventures Weekly with Nic Douglass
A focus and behind-the-scenes look at the #KeepingYouCovered campaign A focus and behind-the-scenes look at our #KeepingYouCovered campaign, covering #EveryManWomanAndBoat from start to finish in the Rolex Sydney Hobart! Posted on 9 May
Adventures Weekly with the US SailGP Team
Nic and side-Nic are joined by Kimo Worthington, Peter Kinney and Hans Henken We were joined by Kimo Worthington (exceptional sailor himself; America's Cup and Whitbread Winner) General Manager of the team, Peter Kinney (2016 Melges 32 World Champ) grinder, and Hans Henken (49er, scientist) grinder. Posted on 1 May
Sail Port Stephens special with the Sailor Girl
Where we would all rather be right now! Adventures Weekly with a focus on Sail Port Stephens thanks to Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, where we would all rather be right now! Posted on 25 Apr
Adventures Weekly with Hannah Mills MBE
A Big Pledge alongside big goals Adventures Weekly with Hannah Mills, sailing Gold and Silver medallist, multiple and current World Champ in the 470 who is headed to Tokyo 2020 with the British Sailing Team, the founder of the Big Plastic Pledge. Posted on 17 Apr
Adventures Weekly with David Turton
How The Seabin Project is saving the world one bin at a time Nic Douglass caught up with David Turton from The Seabin Project, to chat about saving the world one bin at a time, the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race which would have started on Good Friday Posted on 12 Apr
Adventures Weekly with Jesús Renedo
Sailing Energy photographer is the special guest direct from Palma Nic Douglass welcomed Jesús Renedo from Sailing Energy as the special guest direct from Palma, Mallorca in Spain - one of the hardest countries hit from Covid-19. Posted on 3 Apr
Sailor Girl and the "Weekly Mirror"
Nic Douglass finds a way to broadcast from out on the water! Given the past few weeks, the Sailor Girl decided to bring back her "Adventures Weekly" video show and podcast while the world is indeed a very different place to what existed just one month ago. Posted on 27 Mar
SOLAS Big Boat Challenge wrap for 2018
Nic Douglass catches up on all the action What a day it was this year for the Grinders Coffee SOLAS Big Boat Challenge! Posted on 13 Dec 2018
ETNZShop-TEAMSHOP-728x90 HR BottomGul 2020 FOOTERHenri-Lloyd 2020 FOOTER