Rouxel and Curtis Join Team Brunel

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Thomas Rouxel - FRA - 26-11-1982  Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 11 transatlantic races 1 Jules Verne Trophy 6 Solitaire du Figaros

French offshore sailor Thomas Rouxel and Olympic winning medalist Nina Curtis will join Team Brunel for Leg 7 from Auckland (NZL) to Itajai (BRA). Rouxel returns to the Volvo Ocean Race after competing for Dongfeng Race Team in the previous edition. Curtis makes her debut in the race. Next, to them, boat captain Abby Ehler returns after a well-deserved rest in the last Leg.

Skipper Bouwe Bekking: "First of all I think the good thing is that we have our boat captain again back. Abby had a leg off just to see her little boy back home in England. Louis Balcaen (BEL) gets replaced as planned by Thomas Rouxel (FRA). Rouxel was with Dongfeng Race Team last time and is at the moment deeply involved in the Gitana project. That's the big foiling trimaran and also sailed with Seb Josse in the Transat Jacques-Vabre. He's a hands on guy as well so we're happy to have him here."

"Then we got one more person because Annie is still not fit enough to join, we found Nina Curtis. She is an Aussie girl, has won an Olympic medal and did a couple of long offshore races and looks to be a very fit person so she is stepping in. With Sally Barkow we had an agreement for two Legs, she needs to get back to her job on the M32 sailing in the Volvo Ocean Race."

Rouxel looking forward to Southern Ocean

Thomas Rouxel is looking forward to going into the Southern Ocean from Auckland to Itajai, all the way around Cape Horn. Rouxel: "I think Team Brunel is a very great and very strong team. I'm very excited to be back in the Volvo Ocean Race. Unfortunately, the result was not the one we hoped for in the last leg but I'm sure we can do a lot better. So I hope that will happen and I can do my part in it."

Curtis one eve debut Volvo Ocean Race

For former Olympic sailor Nina Curtis (AUS), a silver Olympic medalist in London 2012, this will be her first Volvo Ocean Race. Curtis: "I'm very excited. Most of my sailing has been done in the Olympic circuit. I've done two Olympics campaigns, making it to London where we won the silver medal. Then sailing in the Nacra and the 49erFX in the last four years. While I was match racing, I have done two Sydney to Hobarts and for that lots of ocean racing. Mostly along the East coast of Australia."


"I've known Kyle Langford for a while and I have actually sailed with Abby a few times while I was very young. I don't even know if she remembers that or not."

Crewlist Team Brunel - Leg 7

Bouwe Bekking - NED - skipper

Andrew Cape - AUS - navigator

Carlo Huisman - NED

Kyle Langford - AUS

Alberto Bolzan - ITA

Thomas Rouxel - FRA

Peter Burling - NZL

Abby Ehler - GBR

Nina Curtis - AUS

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