Australian skipper Chris Nicholson, a veteran of four Volvos, is back to lead a team sponsored by Vestas, the world’s leading wind energy company. Although the Danish team’s boat was only launched as this issue was going to press, they’re in it to win it.
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Learn more about the team at http://www.teamvestaswind.vestas.com/team
Under the leadership of skipper Iker Martínez and crewmember Xabi Fernández, each a veteran of three Volvos, this team has one clear objective: to claim Spain’s first victory.
© Maria Muiña
Learn more about the team at http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/teams/48_MAPFRE.html
Team SCA is the first all-women’s team in the race in over a decade. The three Americans on the roster are two-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow of Natosha, WI, Sara Hastreiter of Casper, WY (Under 30), and Corinna Halloran (Newport, RI), the first female OBR in the race!
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Learn more about the team here: http://www.teamsca.com/
Legendary Dutch skipper Bouwe Bekking is a veteran of six Volvos, although he has yet to win. He’s back with a crew of young guys, and this time he means business.
© Sander van der Borch/Team Brunel
Learn more about the team here: http://www.brunelsailing.net/en_UK/teambrunel
Dongfeng means “the eastern wind” and this ambitious Chinese team, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, is represented by a crew that is half Chinese, half international.
© Victor Fraile/PSI/Volvo Ocean Race
Learn more about the team members here: http://www.dongfengraceteam.cn/the-team
Great Britain’s Ian Walker, who has two Volvo Ocean Races under his belt, is back at the helm of Azzam (Arabic for “determination”). The Emirati syndicate has the experience, talent and drive to succeed this time around.
© Ian Roman/Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
Learn more about the team at http://www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com/en/jump-aboard-azzam/sailing-team/
The youngest team in the race hopes to fulfill a seven-year dream of competing in the Volvo Ocean Race by winning it. Alvimedica is skippered by Charlie Enright of Bristol, RI, and the other Americans on the roster are General Manager Mark Towill of Kaneohe, HI (Under 30), Nick Dana of Newport, RI (Under 30), and OBR Amory Ross (Newport).
© Gilles Martin-Raget/Team Alvimedica
Learn more about each team member here: http://www.teamalvimedica.com/the-team/sailing-team/
It’s been a two-year journey, and we are finally here!
By Corinna Halloran, Team SCA’s On Board Reporter in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15
I am miles in the air, flying over Sweden and the rest of Europe to Alicante, Spain where Team SCA and I will begin the final preparations for the Volvo Ocean Race. It is all happening and it still feels incredibly surreal. By the time the race begins, on October 11, it will have been a two-year journey for the sailors and I, a two-year period of applying, trialing, training, dedication, and education.Read more
By Joe Cooper
If you are going to start tossing “Who’s gonna win the Volvo Ocean Race?” darts now, you better have an idea of the background for criteria on how you decide.