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Team New Zealand's helmsman and Olympic sailing gold medallist Peter Burling has confirmed today that he will be joining Team Brunel in the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race.
Burling helped Team New Zealand win the America's Cup against Team USA Oracle in Bermuda in June.
"Team Brunel and Bouwe both have a long history with the Volvo. It's an honour to be part of this talented team and learn from the breadth of experience on board," said Burling.
"Round the world ocean racing has always excited me and I'm stoked to be part of Team Brunel on this epic edition.
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"I can't wait to be thrown into the challenge of extreme offshore racing and broaden my skills and sailing experience."
Burling will be up against his Team New Zealand teammate Blair Tuke who will be racing for Spanish team Mapfre.
"It's going to be awesome racing against Tukey! We have huge respect for each others skill and talent and we are each other's biggest supporters," said Burling.
"We are both in a position to gain amazing experience to bring to our future sailing goals. I look forward to sharing a few stories and beers with him in port."