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Annalise Puts Tokyo 2020 Ambitions On Hold For A Volvo Ocean Race Crew Spot

4th August 2017
Annalise Murphy wants to swap her Laser Radial for a crew berth on a Volvo Ocean 65 Annalise Murphy wants to swap her Laser Radial for a crew berth on a Volvo Ocean 65 Photo: World Sailing

#VOR - Annalise Murphy’s Tokyo 2020 ambitions will be taking a back seat for the time being as she tries out for a place on a Volvo Ocean Race crew, according to The Irish Times.

The Olympic silver medallist in the Laser Radial has been sailing with Dee Caffari’s new Turn the Tide On Plastic team, which is set to be announced after crew trials are completed later this month.

Our Annalise is among those jockeying for a much sought-after place on the round-the-world race crew — though an injury at last week’s International Moth Worlds has ruled her out of this weekend’s Rolex Fastnet Race, part of Leg Zero for the Volvo Ocean 65 fleet.

Looking ahead to the rest of the month, she tells The Irish Times: “I’m going to be pretty useful on the boat because I’m strong and fit as the boats are really physical with a lot of heavy lifting.

“Sail changes require a huge amount of effort so I’m pretty lucky that as a full-time athlete for the last seven years I’m at a really good level of strength and fitness.”

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Annalise tells her sailing story as she drives to her daily training in a new video from sponsor Mercedes-Benz.

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