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Team Telefónica announces new crew members

Team Telefónica, the Spanish team set to compete in the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, has officially unveiled her completed crew today with the announcement of two Under-30 crew members.
They are Spaniard Antonio Cuervas-Mons and Australian Zane Gills and they will be the Telefónica bowmen.

Under 30 sailor with round the world experience
Antonio Cuervas-Mons
(Santander, 12.22.81), set out in the sport at the Real Club Marítimo de Santander, is making a return to the Spanish team in what will be his second round the world regatta following their 2008-09 debut.
With experience in dinghy sailing, the Olympic classes and cruiser and ocean sailing, for Ñeti the Volvo Ocean Race is special because "it is a long-standing reference for offshore sailing. It’s a regatta with so much history and any sailor can take it on, and of course, win it."
As he did in the previous edition, the Spaniard will be carrying out the role of bowman, a role Ñeti knows very well indeed, which requires incredible physical strength and agility.

"Telefónica" skipper, Iker Martínez, highlights that "Ñeti is really strong and he has very good aerobic qualities, as well as good knowledge of all other areas of the boat."

Round the world debut for Zane Gills
Originally from the Australian island of Tasmania, this will be Zane Gills’ (3/3/1983) first Volvo Ocean Race. It’s a challenge he is taking on "with a lot of enthusiasm and focus, and a bit of excitement, but I am basically trying to focus a lot on just doing the best that we can and hopefully winning the race."
At 28 years old, his experience on big boats spans across regattas such as the ever-challenging Sydney-Hobart, which he has raced four times, the Middle Sea Race and the Fastnet Race, an offshore racing institution, which he competed in on three occasions, breaking the regatta’s monohull record onboard the Maxi ICAP Leopard in 2007.
"I think it’s a very important step in my career. I’ve always been focussed on trying to do the Volvo Ocean Race and it has been an aim of mine since I was a boy," he admits. It’s a double debut for Zane Gills, who is joining a Spanish team for the first time, which he sees as a very good thing: "Sailing with the Spanish team is very good for me, because the Spanish have always been quite competitive in sailing and especially in the last editions of the Volvo Ocean Race they have always been one of the teams to beat, so I’m quite happy to be sailing with one of the better teams."
Iker Martínez
also said "as well as being a bowman alongside Ñeti, Zane has sail-making knowledge." The Aussie is also one of the sail experts onboard, and as he explains, it means: "repairing, servicing, looking after all of the sails when we are racing, as well as onshore."
Telefónica continues the second phase of training at the Canary island of Lanzarote, where the team arrived on May 20th and will remain until approximately the beginning of August.

Crew on Telefónica:Iker Martínez (ESP), skipper.
Andrew Cape (AUS), navigator.
Neal McDonald (GBR), watch captain.
Joao Signorini “Joca” (BRA), watch captain.
Jordi Calafat (ESP), helmsman & sail coordinator.
Xabi Fernández (ESP), trimmer.
Pepe Ribes (ESP), boat captain.
Pablo Arrarte (ESP), helmsman.
Antonio Cuervas-Mons “Ñeti” (ESP), bowman.
Zane Gills (AUS), bowman.
Diego Fructuoso (ESP), media crew member.

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