3 DECEMBER 2013 - TEAM BRUNEL IS THE FOURTH CAMPAIGN TO ANNOUNCE ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE

Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will skipper a new campaign launched by Brunel in Amsterdam. This will be his seventh participation and the sponsor’s third involvement in the race – both Bekking and Brunel are back to win the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

For both sailor and sponsor, it is a case of “unfinished business”. Bekking, 50, has competed in the event twice as skipper without winning and Team Brunel will be having their third crack at the race on the new Volvo Ocean 65 for which Green Marine is the lead build contractor.

The team joins all-female campaign Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and the Chinese challenge Dongfeng Race Team in the 2014 – 15 line-up announced so far.

“A Dutch-speaking team in the Volvo Ocean Race again – we owe this to our heritage and the future sailing generations to come. But above all it’s the best sailing in the world,” said a delighted Bekking.

“Our nation is known around the world as the country of windmills, dykes, tulips, cheese, wooden clogs – and the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is just in our blood.”

Referring to his partnership with Brunel, the global project management, recruitment and consultancy company, Bekking added: “It is a great opportunity to reinforce to the world what Brunel stands for: diverse, international and dynamic. The Volvo Ocean Race is the perfect vehicle to showcase this message.”

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad added: “This announcement is great news all round. Brunel is a sponsor coming back to the race for the third time and feels like part of the Volvo Ocean Race family. They are here to win. They’re a fantastic sponsor.

The campaign’s secondary sponsors will be Moduleo, a division of the IVC Group which is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vinyl floor coverings.