x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Nossiter recruited to Azzam for Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race

The Australian replaces Justin Ferris in the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team for the leg from New Zealand to Brazil.

Ian Walker, the skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, left, welcomes Anthony Nossiter to the team.
Ian Walker, the skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, left, welcomes Anthony Nossiter to the team.

Anthony Nossiter has joined the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team in time for the start of the 6,705 nautical mile Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Raceon Sunday.

Taking over helm and trimming duties from Justin Ferris, Nossiter - widely regarded as one of Australia's most accomplished Olympic and keelboat sailors - is keen to add his round-the-world sailing expertise to the team on Azzam, who are fifth in the standings at present, as they take on the challenging leg which runs from Auckland in New Zealand to Itajai in Brazil.

"I can't wait to get on-board Azzam and as its name means determined, I am absolutely determined to give it my all," the Australian said.

"This is a big ask and I want to deliver. I've know many of the guys and they are a great bunch, it's going to be tough but I am ready and fired up to make an immediate impact for Abu Dhabi.

Having taken part in the 39,000 nautical mile global yachting odyssey in 2001/02 with Djuice Dragons - which was headed-up by the now race chief executive, Knut Frostad - Nossiter brings solid experience to the Azzam crew.

Having competed in three Olympic Games in the single handed Finn class, with his best result a sixth overall in Athens 2004, Nossiter then became a regular on the super maxi circuit, taking line honours three times in 12 editions of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race.

With his Olympic and keelboat experience it was only a matter of time before America's Cup action called. Anthony consequently became a team member with the Italian +39 Challenge, the British Team Origin Challenge, and most recently sailing the AC45 with the Greencom team.

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race is the longest passage in the race and one of the most legendary, with rogue icebergs, 30 feet waves and Antarctic sub-zero temperatures a constant threat.

However before the team leaves on Sunday on a leg which takes it round South America's legendary Cape Horn, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is hoping to recreate its impressive in-port racing form in Auckland on Saturday, which has seen it win two out of the last four events.