Thursday, 28 May 2009
Delta Lloyd, on leg 7 from Boston to Galway. Image copyright Sander Pluijm/Team Delta Lloyd/Volvo Ocean Race.
by Diana Bogaards
On Wednesday May 27, Team Delta Lloyd (NED) announced two temporary crew changes for the In-Port Race in Galway/Ireland. Skipper Roberto Bermúdez de Castro (ESP) had no choice, as trimmer Marcelo Ferreira (BRA) needs to stay home for personal reasons and Dave Miller (NZL) cannot be missed in the sail loft. The Spaniards Juan Meseguer and Marcos Iglesias will replace them.
"I prefer to race with the same crew, but unfortunately that is impossible", emphasizes Bermúdez de Castro. "We need Dave to finish the sail inventory in time for the next leg. He just returned from the North Sailis factory in Nevada/USA, where our new main sail is built. So, we were looking for good sailors at a very short notice. I know Juan and Marcos very well, which makes it easier for all of us."
Juan Meseguer has a respectable reputation as sail designer and analyst. He worked and sailed for BMW Oracle and Prada in the America's Cup. More recently, he designed the sails for TP52 Team Caixa Galicia, skippered by Bermúdez de Castro. "Juan also worked for Telefonica in the current and Ericsson in the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race", continues Bermúdez de Castro.
Marcos Iglesias and Roberto Bermúdez de Castro spent many hours together on a boat. They finished third with Team Galicia 93 Pescanova in the 1993-94 Whitbread Round the World Race. In 2003, they won the Barcelona Olympic Week in the Star class. In the late nineties, Iglesias competed in the Soling (still Olympic by then). In addition, he participated three times in the America's Cup as member of the Spanish syndicates in 1992, 1995 and 2007.
Team Delta Lloyd finished third in the last two In-Port Races.
Team Delta Lloyd
Volvo Ocean Race