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First Kiwi home!

 

 

Brad Marsh, the first Kiwi home in the Volvo Ocean Race, talks on the final approach to Auckland:

 

"It feels amazing. It’s a childhood dream for me. I didn’t allow myself to think about winning up until today. But the excitement set in as we came down the coast and I realised it was all going to happen.

 

"I’m not sure who’s most excited, me or my father. I think he’s been running round all of Auckland telling everyone. My father’s a mad sailing fan, he’s done loads of sailing in and around Auckland and up the coastline. He was there at the start in Alicante to shake my hand when we left and he’ll be there when we arrive in Auckland. I know he’s very, very proud.

 

"Having worked with this team for 18 months on the other side of the world away from friends and family, it’s nice to be able to come to Auckland and show my family what I’ve been doing, and to show my team my family and my country.

 

"I often get asked how I ended up on a French boat. I don’t have a solid answer for that one, it just happened. I’d have been happy with a Kiwi boat, an American boat, a Spanish boat. Right now I’m really, really happy to be on the French boat.

 

"There’s 19 other Kiwis in the race and every one of them demands a huge amount of respect. Guys like Brad Jackson, Tony Mutter, Mike Sanderson… Those guys have been my heroes for a long time, so to beat them into Auckland is one hell of an experience. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience and probably the single proudest moment of my life.

 

"I’ll probably have a few of those funny-coloured waters with my friends and family, I’m sure they’ll keen to have a nice cold beverage. Then hopefully a hamburger or a steak and cheese pie!"

 

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