'The Volvo Ocean Race is a tough event. But I love the team environment and getting stuck into racing with a few boys that are just as excited about getting the job done as you are.'
'I sailed with Neal [MCDONALD (GBR), skipper] in the 1995 America's Cup and worked with him as a shore crew on Silk Cut in the Whitbread Around the World 1997-1998. I have a lot of respect for him and his ability to keep a team together and feel that this is a huge strength for this project.'
'The new boats will be pretty fast and I think this Volvo Ocean Race is going to be spectacular,' said BRAIDWOOD.
Skipper MCDONALD is pleased to have BRAIDWOOD on the crew and commented, 'Tommy is a great bowman with no fear and bags of experience. The first time I sailed with Tommy was ten years ago in the America's Cup and I have kept close tabs on his sailing career since then and it's a great pleasure to get him on board.'
The brand new Volvo Open 70 racing boat was launched on Thursday 30 June and the crew will start their training this week.
Right now BRAIDWOOD is in the process of completing a new super maxi in Sydney but is really looking forward to getting out on the water to start training with the Ericsson Racing Team.
'In the last race I got to steer over the line into Sydney with all my family and friends out on the water to see us in. It was the best feeling and I am sure that Melbourne will put on a big welcome this time, and I hope to have a few friends and family there again. It will be a great buzz.'