10 Aug 2017
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Interview in Plymouth as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepare to depart for stage three of Leg Zero, with Peter Burling, New Zealand sailing hero Peter Burling, who won the 35th America’s Cup for New Zealand against the USA team in Bermuda in June this year, re joining Bouwe Bekking's Team Brunel in this year's Volvo Ocean Race.
Pete Burling quotes:
Obviously it’s a pretty big yachting race, and although I haven’t done much offshore I’ve always been pretty keen to get involved in a team and always really struggled to find the time.
It seems like good timing and a great opportunity to learn a lot off a pretty experienced team.
A few of the Team NZ boys are onboard, but also they’ve come into the race pretty late and it seemed like a good opportunity for me to learn a lot off some pretty experienced guys.
I’ve done a little bit of ocean racing but never on a Volvo. I’ve still got a lot to learn and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
Obviously any yacht race you’re there to try and win it and as a time we’re here to win this thing, but we’ve got a lot to learn and for the moment we’re trying to improve as much as we can as a team.
Every race you do you want to win. I’ve got a long way to go to improve my skills as an offshore sailor – I’ve done relatively well around the cans in small boat racing but I’m really looking forward to a new challenge.
I’ve sailed against Blair a lot in the past, and I think he’s really enjoying his time onboard MAPFRE. 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.
Blair was chatting to the MAPFRE guys during the America’s Cup, but I really wanted to wait until after the cup to see what the future held, and decide afterwards. I only made my decision pretty recently and it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do this race, but I just wanted to make sure that everything worked and that I could keep doing a bit of small boat stuff at the same time.
When I was young I’d see it on TV – and more recently seeing the Camper guys in NZ last time there was a Kiwi entry in the race, it was amazing being around Auckland at that time and it just seems like the Auckland stopover is always a massive thing back home. It’s pretty cool, New Zealand’s history in the race, and I’m sure that at some stage there’ll be a New Zealand team once again.
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