Kiwi having third crack at round-the-world race
New Zealand sailor Daryl Wisling is having a third crack at the round-the-world race after being confirmed today onboard Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's entry Azzam.
The 33-year-old got the call-up from British skipper Ian Walker after completing strenuous trials.
He will make his first official appearance this week when the team pits its Volvo Ocean 65 in the Artemis Challenge race at the Cowes Week regatta.
Wislang finished in the top three overall in both of previous two appearances in the gruelling global race.
He was third with Telefónica Blue in 2008-09 and second with Team New Zealand's Camper in 2011-12.
With Team New Zealand deciding against entering the next race to concentrate on the America's Cup, Wisling had no option to look elsewhere and was thrilled to have gained a berth.
"I love the Volvo Ocean Race for the challenge, the camaraderie and the long lasting friendships that you make with your crew mates," Wislang said.
"But the real reason I'm back is the fact that I haven't won one yet. It's time to put that right and I'm confident the Abu Dhabi team gives me the best chance of that."
The next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race would be the 12th running of the 40-year-old event.
The race started on October 4 in Alicante, Spain and was due to finish with one last in-port race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The 38,739-nautical mile route would include stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, US), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France). A 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague was scheduled between France and Sweden.