Royal Huisman support Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

04 okt 2017

Royal Huisman is extremely proud to support Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 with their expertise and know-how. In Lisbon, a team from Royal Huisman assisted the shore-crew in and around the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard with the last major pre-race maintenance jobs.

Royal Huisman and the Race – not a new combination
Skipper Bouwe Bekking is very excited about the support from the Dutch yacht builder. Bekking: “The expertise and know-how from Royal Huisman are undisputed. On top of that they have a glorious history in this race as the builder of two winning boats: Flyer and Flyer II. With their yachts, Dutchman Conny van Rietschoten won the Whitbread Round the World Race, the predecessor of the Volvo Ocean Race, in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

New deck
Apart from the routine maintenance to the hull, keel and rudders, the deck has also been given attention. Bouwe Bekking: “Although it’s only two-and-a-half months since we took delivery of the boat, the deck needs to be painted again, and in consultation with the specialists from Royal Huisman, we’ve opted for a special non-skid layer. This is exactly one of those little details that could be decisive in the Race.”

“What makes this collaboration extra special is that our partner is willing to make some of their specialists available to get the work done, together with our shore-crew. We’re doing a high-level race. It’s good to know that we can always rely on the experts from Royal Huisman. Whether it is painting, electronics or hydraulics, they have the best people in the field.”

Innovation and high performance
Roemer Boogaard, Managing Director: “At Royal Huisman we’re very proud to contribute to Team Brunel’s campaign in this manner. We have many things in common, and innovation and high performance are things Team Brunel and Royal Huisman both value greatly. Bringing in knowledge that has been accumulated over many years, together with the fresh ideas of young talents is essential to achieve success.”