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Have the next generation accelerate by linking talent with experience and sharing knowledge. That is the Team Brunel approach for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. Skipper Bouwe Bekking fits perfectly in this picture. He will be at the start of the race of all races for the 8th time and is the most experienced skipper ever.

Experience is not the only thing that counts. Bekking: ‘Such an approach has to fit. I think that it suits my style of leadership. Some skippers are very ego centered: me, me, me. That is not like me. I am focused on the team and like to give people responsibility. That is the way to grow and become stronger. That will make the team perform better.”

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Carlo Huisman, only 26 years old, is a Dutch sailor who won the America’s cup with Emirates Team New Zealand in 2017. He was one of the grinders/cyclors of the team. He is the first to join Team Brunel. Huisman doesn’t have just one role on the team, he will have to do it all and learn quickly. “I am happy and proud to be part of Team Brunel. Whatever my job is, I feel ready for the challenge and can’t wait to learn from the experience of old sea dogs like Bouwe.”

Who is your hero?

“Rob Waddell, a former rower who won Olympic gold in Sydney. After that he switched to sailing. He is a grinder for Team Emirates New Zealand.”

What is your most typical trait?

“I am a quiet kind of person. At the same time I have a high endurance. I keep going until I reach my goal.”

What would you do if you were not sailing?

“Something with my hands. Probably making furniture. It’s nice to work with wood.”

When you come home after nine months of sailing, what is the first thing you eat?

“A big steak.”

What’s on your bucket list?

“The TP52, a class of yacht used for competitive yacht racing. A transatlantic record attempt is also appealing.”

With whom would you like to switch for one day

“With a friend of mine. He is a furniture maker. Then he can be a sailor for one day.”