Just one day after crossing the finish line of the eight-month-long Volvo Ocean Race, Kiwi sailor Bair Tuke has set his sights on the next one.

Speaking with Radio Sport Breakfast from the Netherlands, Tuke said that he would "definitely" consider taking part in the around the world race again, but said that he hoped next time it would be on a vessel flying the New Zealand flag.

"I think I definitely would and I'd be glad to see a Kiwi boat in the race again," Tuke said.

"It's been a long while since a Kiwi boat has been in the race so I'll have to try and make that happen somehow."


DongFeng Race Team, which won the 13th edition of the race on Monday morning (NZ time), featured two-time reigning champion Daryl Wislang - just one of the nine Kiwi sailors who took part in the 2017-18 event.

And yet by the time the 2021 Volvo Ocean Race begins, it will have been a decade since a New Zealand vessel took on the race around the world.

The race has been without a New Zealand entry in the last two races, with Camper Team New Zealand finishing second in the 2011-12 event.

Grant Dalton's NZ Endeavour won the event in 1994, four years after Peter Blake's victory with Steinlager 2.

Tuke said it would inevitably require a significant amount of funding but believed that there was enough passion among Kiwi sailors to make it happen.

"There are plenty of good sailors in New Zealand and there's no reason why we can't bring them all together in one team," he said.

"There's certainly enough Kiwi sailors, as you saw in this race."

Peter Burling and Blair Tuke after winning the gold medal in the Men's 49er class. Photo / Getty Images
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke after winning the gold medal in the Men's 49er class. Photo / Getty Images

Tuke's MAPFE placed second in the most recent race, with America's Cup and Olympic teammate Peter Burling in third aboard Team Brunel as both sailors fell just short of claiming the elusive triple crown of sailing.


Tuke said that although the result was disappointing for himself and his team, he was looking forward to discussions around joining Burling for another Olympic Games campaign.

"We'll wait and see, we'll have a little bit of time off after this and reassess.

"We said we'd wait until after the Volvo before we really put some plans in place but we've said we'd always want to, we just need to make sure that we can do it time-wise and see how it all fits in with the America's Cup.

"We'll have a bit of time off and then sit down back in New Zealand with some of our key people for our Olympic campaign and make some plans."