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Announcing Rufus Brand as Sterna's skipper for the 2023 Ocean Globe Race

Sterna underway. Image by Allspice Yachting.

25 May 2023

We are excited to announce that Rufus Brand will skipper Sterna in the upcoming Ocean Globe Race (OGR). With years of experience under his belt, Rufus is expected to lead the team to great success.

Half of the Allspice Yachting team competing in the 2023 Ocean Globe race recently set sail from the Caribbean making their way to the start via the Azores and France. Onboard, for the first time, is South African born and raised sailor Rufus Brand.

Rufus crewed on his first Atlantic crossing at the tender age of 18, and since then, he has become a seasoned sailor, having professionally skippered and crewed on various sailing vessels around the world. Rufus' extensive experience includes working on a 38 foot monohull to a 139 foot tall ship.

When asked what it means to him to participate in the Ocean Globe Race, Rufus said:

"To achieve your goals and dreams, you have no other choice than to step far outside of your comfort zone and into the adventure"

Rufus hopes to expand on his interest in offshore racing and to accomplish his dream of circumnavigation by joining Allspice Yachting's OGR campaign.

"We are thrilled to welcome Rufus, a capable and resourceful skipper, to our OGR campaign. Rufus' experience and passion for sailing make him the perfect fit for our team. He is an excellent sailor and we are confident in his ability to lead the diverse international team onboard Sterna safely and successfully around the world in the Ocean Globe Race." - Gerrit Louw, Allspice Yachting's managing director and OGR entrant.

As we eagerly anticipate the commencement of the Ocean Globe Race in September 2023, the team behind Sterna is working tirelessly to ensure that the boat and crew are ready to complete this daunting challenge.

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