Emily Nagel dream was to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race, after being selected for the race; she is delighted that her childhood dream of taking part in the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race (VOC) has been finally fulfilled.
She has been after being selected for in the Team AkzoNobel as the crew member.
The Bermudian girl was given the opportunity yesterday after going through the two months of trials with the syndicate of Dutch racing, led by two-times Simeon Tienpont, the winner of America Cup. During the trial, Nagel sailed several thousand miles and also participated in the Volvo Ocean Race “Leg Zero” all four legs of the qualifier series; this includes the classic Rolex Fastnet Race as well.
Delighted Nagel, in an interview said “I was not expecting that it would happen so soon, but when I got this opportunity, I grabbed it instantly with both hands. The trial phase was daunting, as trialing with a team like AkzoNobel is not that easy. The team has number of heroes in it and so while giving the trial, one thing has been always in mind that one major mess-up could lead to the end of my place in the team.
She further added that “After been selected as the part of the team, I am unbelievably excited and proud to be the part of the team for the full time. I can’t wait for the race to start.”
Tienpont, the first time skipper of the team and has also participated in the around-the-world race for the third time, added: “While selecting the team we were looking for a powerful and strong woman with a lot of technical capabilities, someone who could fit in within the existing group perfectly and Emily had all the capabilities that we want.”