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Bannatyne mentors Team Alvimedica

 

 

Team Alvimedica set out for the biggest test yet of the young crew when they leave Lisbon on 30 May, bound for Newport, Rhode Island across the Atlantic in preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 but they will be mentored by Kiwi race veteran Stu Bannatyne.

 

The team are the new kids on the block in the biggest offshore challenge in sailing but are already soaking up experience thanks to a mentoring scheme put in place by team management.

 

Earlier this month, the crew used the skills and know-how of former race winner Paul Cayard to show them the ropes in their new Volvo Ocean 65 and for the trip across the Atlantic they will be receiving the wise advice of Bannatyne.

 

Bannatyne is one of the most successful sailors ever to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race, formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race. He has been on the winning boat three times out of the six times he has competed, including victory in his debut appearance in 1993-94 on NZ Endeavour, skippered by another race legend Grant Dalton. Bannatyne also triumphed as watch captain on illbruck in 2001-02 and Ericsson 4 in 2008-09.

 

He finished second on board CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand in the last Race in 2011-12.

 

“It was great having Paul Cayard at our first session and it will be fantastic having someone like Stu as our second. Both of them bring a lot to the table and it’s up to us to absorb each of their different perspectives,” said Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright. “Stu comes across as a hardened race veteran, because he is, but that hasn’t stopped him from generously sharing his experiences with us. We’re really lucky to have him with us”.

 

Bannatyne has certainly been impressed by what he’s seen so far of Enright, fellow cremember Mark Towill and their young crew-mates who are trying out during the Atlantic voyage to complete the rest of the final line-up.

 

“I have been impressed so far with the professionalism and enthusiasm that Charlie and his young team have approached their campaign. Their energy to innovate and push hard for the best solutions in the programme has been great to see and I am really looking forward to working with them on this Transatlantic session,” said Bannatyne.

 

The team management and Alvimedica plan to introduce more legendary names from the race’s history to give the youngsters – both Enright and Towill are in their 20s – an extra edge against rivals who are double their age and have at least double their offshore experience.

 

“In Alvimedica we have high ambitions in what we do. We always seek the best expertise worldwide within our field, to develop long lasting world-class collaboration. Using that same mindset for Team Alvimedica comes naturally as we care for our crew and their performance as if they were our family members. It is in our DNA,” said Anna Malm Bernsten, Campaign Director of Team Alvimedica.

 

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