Támara Echegoyen will participate in the next The Ocean Race starting in Alicante

Spain will be represented in the next edition of The Ocean Racewhich will leave on January 15 from Alicante, and will do so with a flashy navigator: Tamara Echegoyen. The London 2012 Olympic champion has become the last pillar in the crew of the Franco-German flag team GUYOT environment-Team Europewhich will compete in the IMOCA class. Echegoyen, who already participated in the 2017-18 edition of The Ocean Race with the Spanish team MAPFRE, He fits perfectly into the team structure thanks to his extensive experience, both in Olympic and ocean sailing.

The co-skippers of GUYOT environment-Team Europe, Benjamin Dutreux and Robert Stanjek, have seen in the Galician the perfect signing to complete their IMOCA class team made up of French (Benjamin Dutreux and Sébastien Simon), German (Robert Stanjek and Phillip Kasüske) and English (Annie Lush). All of them They will meet in Alicante, before participating in the first coastal regatta (in-port) on January 8 and the start of the first stage of The Ocean Race on January 15. The preparation time runs very fast. Therefore, we needed someone who could join immediately. With his experience in different boats, Támara can be directly adapted to the IMOCA with foils. He knows the Atlantic and the South Ocean: an incredible advantage when we have to navigate the long stages, either on board or providing support from land”said Benjamin Dutreux, who has just successfully completed the Route du Rhum.

Támara Echegoyen could not hide her enthusiasm and desire to participate in The Ocean Race again and explained that “I am very grateful to the team for this opportunity. It is a pleasure to work and sail with them. I really like their open mindedness to learn from each other as a team. It is one of his strengths. I want to sail.” After that, Robert Stanjek warned that “Támara further reinforces our philosophy of building a team with extensive experience in sailing. Also, the human structure in a crew is extremely important. Annie Lush and Támara know each other well from their experience as rivals in both the Olympics and The Ocean Race, where they both connected.”

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Charles Drapeau / GUYOT environment – Team EuropeCharles Drapeau / GUYOT environment

The career of the 38-year-old sailor from Orense is full of successes. She stands out for gold at the 2012 London Olympics in the Elliot 6m class alongside Sofía Toro and Ángela Pumariega (among her rivals was her current teammate Annie Lush, who was seventh) and world championship titles like those achieved in 2016 and 2020 on 49erFX. In addition, Echegoyen received the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit (2013) and was the national sports award in 2012 as revelation athlete of the year.

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The GUYOT environment-Team Europe crew will meet again in Barcelona, ​​where the IMOCA has been located since their recent arrival from the Caribbean after skipper Benjamin Dutreux’s solo participation in the Ruta del Rhum and will head to Alicante before the January 2 deadline. arrival in the city for the boats participating in the next edition of The Ocean Race.

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