INTERVIEW: PETER BURLING [NZL] RE JOINING TEAM BRUNEL IN VOLVO OCEAN RACE
10 Aug 2017
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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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