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ianca Cook – el­dest daugh­ter of Yachting Devel­op­ments’ founders Ian and Blanche Cook – has been se­lected as the 10th crewmem­ber on board Clean Seas – Turn the Tide on Plas­tic, rac­ing in the Volvo Ocean Race later this year.

Bianca (28), joins skip­per Dee Caf­fari’s mixed and youth-fo­cused cam­paign af­ter suc­cess­ful tri­als, just 44 days ahead of the start of the race. Bianca has sig­nif­i­cant ex­pe­ri­ence off­shore, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing over 70,000 off­shore miles in the last few years, most re­cently as sec­ond mate on board the su­pery­acht He­tairos.

For Bianca, this is a life­time op­por­tu­nity to put her sail­ing skills to the test in one of the tough­est and most re­spected sail­ing races in the world.

“I’ve grown up watch­ing the Volvo Ocean Race teams and I can’t believe that I’ll get to be one of those sailors,” she says. “To be given this chance and to have earned my place is a dream come true.”

Her par­ents have al­ways en­cour­aged their daugh­ters, Bianca and Paige, to chal­lenge them­selves with what­ever they do in life, and this lat­est achieve­ment by Bianca is no ex­cep­tion.

“We are ex­cited and proud of the prospect of one of our daugh­ters push­ing a yacht to its limit in the oceans of the world,” say the cou­ple. “We have huge con­fi­dence in Bianca’s sail­ing abil­ity, as well as that of Dee and her fel­low crew, and know that they have what it takes to safely com­pete in one of the great sail­ing chal­lenges.”

Bianca joins a multi­na­tional squad led by Dee Caf­fari (GBR) and fea­tur­ing Aus­tralia’s Liz Ward­ley and Lu­cas Chap­man; Italy’s Francesca Clap­cich; Bri­tons Bled­dyn Mon and Henry Bomby, Por­tuguese sailors Fred­erico Pin­heiro de Melo and Bernardo Fre­itas and Ir­ish Olympic medal­list, An­nalise Mur­phy.

The team are cur­rently mak­ing their fi­nal prepa­ra­tions in Cas­cais, Por­tu­gal. All boats had to head to the Volvo Ocean Race Boat­yard in Lis­bon by 18 Septem­ber 2017 for fi­nal main­te­nance checks ahead of a non-scor­ing Pro­logue stage from Lis­bon to Alicante ahead of the start of the 83,000km race.

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