The Kiwi contingent that is taking part in the Volvo Ocean Race is increasing and the latest Kiwi to enter the fray is Bianca Cook.
She has joined the Turn the Tide on Plastic team and will start her venture into the new offshore racing from October22. This is when the Volvo Ocean Race will be kicking off. With this addition, the Turn the Tide on Plastic team has 10 sailors on board. They are a very youthful team.
The 28-year-old Aucklander is very happy to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race and has impressed her team during the trials. This led to them signing her on board and she is also joined by Irish Olympian Annalise Murphy. The skipper of the Turn the Tide on Plastic team Caffari is very happy with these two new additions. She is hoping that the new additions will help the crew and also add more strength to the team.
Cook has good experience in offshore and has so far completed 70,000 offshore miles. She has joined the ranks of some of the best New Zealanders in the Volvo Ocean Race and they include Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. She is the 10th sailor from New Zealand to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race this season.
Cook said that she has grown up watching the Volvo Ocean Race teams and is now happy that she is also part of the Volvo Ocean Race. She is very happy and excited to have gotten a chance to take part in the event. It was her dream to be part of a Volvo Ocean Race team and her dreams have now turned into a reality.
The Turn the Tide on Plastic team is currently making the final preparations in Cascais in Portugal. The 83,000km Volvo Ocean Race kick starts from Lisbon and will end in Hague.