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    Emirates Team New Zealand a no go for 2014 / 2015 Volvo




    Emirates Team New Zealand announced today that it would not be competing in the next Volvo Ocean Race.

    In recent weeks, the team had explored a joint challenge with Spanish interests. The Volvo Ocean race starts at Alicante, Spain, on October 4 this year.

    Grant Dalton said the team was not convinced it could mount a successful challenge in the time available and the team’s energies would be better directed towards the next America’s Cup.

    Dalton said the team had worked hard with excellent people representing the Spanish interests and with the Volvo Ocean Race management to get an entry to the start line.

    “In the end, time was against us. Every passing day magnified the impact that preparations for a round-the-world race would have on Emirates Team New Zealand’s other operations.

    “The team exists to win the America’s Cup. With the imminent announcement of the Protocol for the 35th America’s Cup, it’s time for us to withdraw reluctantly from any consideration of participation in the Volvo Ocean race.”

    - See more at: http://etnzblog.com/#!2014/05/etnz-w...the-volvo-race
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    It’s not always about the racing, the technology or the plaudits. Sometimes it’s about the feeling of being driven by the wind, the sting of the spray, the hull carving through the water – the simple act of sailing.

    Less than five months to the first In-Port Race in Alicante and the teams are gearing up. So far there are five boats in the hands of the best sailors in the world, boats designed to race through some of the most violent conditions on earth.

    This is a hard race and the boats are tough, as are the people who sail them. But amongst the hardship, there are also moments of beauty.

    And as the anticipation is building, it’s important to remember why sailing is so much more than a sport. It’s a feeling and a passion.

    We love sailing. We are the Volvo Ocean Race.






    The Volvo Ocean Race is famous for stunning pictures taken in glamorous locations around the world. But how do we capture these amazing images?
    In this video we show you how a complex aerial shoot is organised - from the high-tech racing boats and world-class crews sailing them to the photographers and cameramen flying high above.

    Follow this link to watch a compilation of the best of our aerial footage - bit.ly/1t2sIOr




    All images © Gilles Martin-Raget/Volvo





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  3. #43

    Cayard Plays Volvo Mentor

    Alvimedica’s new kids on the block draw on world class mentoring scheme


    Team Alvimedica’s young guns challenging for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 are already making up the experience gap with innovative solutions to make them as competitive as possible before the starter’s gun sounds in October.

    Skipper Charlie Enright and Mark Towill launched their rookie campaign for offshore racing’s most prestigious crown back in January this year and have made huge strides already training in their new one-design Volvo Ocean 65.

    But the American sailors, both still in their 20s, know they need some proven Volvo Ocean Race know-how if they are to contest the title seriously against event veterans who have taken part up to seven times before.



    As part of a pre-planned, collaborative mentoring scheme which is thought to be the first of it kind in the 41-year history of the classic event, the Alvimedica sailors will be tapping the experience of five leading Volvo Ocean Race heroes to improve their chances of success.

    The team will be revealing the identities of four of these later but have certainly kicked off the scheme in style with one of the biggest names in the event’s history.

    “We decided to take our courage in our hands and ask the best in the business – in our eyes – to help us out and give us the benefit of his huge knowledge,” said Enright.




    Full backing

    “We approached the legendary Paul Cayard, who won the Race back in 1997-98, and is one of the biggest names ever to compete. What he doesn’t know about the Volvo Ocean Race and sailing – both offshore and in-port – isn’t worth knowing.”

    With the full backing of their sponsors Alvimedica, the young Turkey-based medical devices company which is also moving into challenging new waters with a new global sales push, fellow American Cayard agreed to join them for a sailing master class.

    Said Cayard, 54, who won the Race in his Volvo Ocean Race debut on board EF Language: “These guys remind me of me in so many ways when I started out. Sure, they’re green at this level but my goodness, they’re open to learning everything they can and we had a blast in the five days we spent together in Cascais (near Lisbon, Portugal) earlier this month.”

    The move to approach Cayard, also a legend in America’s Cup sailing and a former Olympian, surprised many of their seasoned Race rivals but he certainly admired the chutzpah of Enright and Towill.

    “These boys have already shown guts galore in simply getting this campaign off the ground and they’ll need more sailing around the world. They need to think out of the box like this. We won on EF Language by being innovative and flexible in keeping changing tactics and Team Alvimedica are taking the same route.”




    “We wanted to find a crew full of sailors who reflect what we stand for as a company – young, agile, courageous, innovative, – but at the same time collaborative and caring,” said Anna Malm Bernsten, the Campaign Director for Team Alvimedica.

    “This story encapsulates all those qualities. Cayard can be a frightening guy when he’s yelling instructions to our young lads but wow, his heart is made of gold. Not many people with his experience would be willing to drop everything for five days to help out our boys like this,” she continued.

    The 38,739-nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race kicks off on October 4 with the first in-port race in Alicante, Spain – home of the race – before the first leg to Cape Town begins exactly a week later.

    It concludes on June 27, 2015 with the in-port race of Gothenburg, Sweden having visited nine other ports around the world in between (see editors’ notes).
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    Pierre must have some wild stories for the greenhorns!

  5. #45

    Stu Bannatyne Joins Team Alvimedica for Tans Atlantic Crossing

    TEAM ALVIMEDICA NEWS: Biggest test yet for young crew of Team Alvimedica as they set off for Newport





    Lisbon, Portugal - Team Alvimedica set out for the biggest test yet of the young crew when they leave Lisbon on Friday, bound for Newport, Rhode Island across the Atlantic in preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

    They are the new kids on the block in the biggest offshore challenge in sailing but are already soaking up experience thanks to a mentoring scheme put in place by team management.

    Earlier this month, the crew used the skills and know-how of former race winner Paul Cayard to show them the ropes in their new Volvo Ocean 65 and for the trip across the Atlantic they will be receiving the wise advice of New Zealand’s Stu Bannatyne.

    Bannatyne is one of the most successful sailors ever to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race, formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race.

    He has been on the winning boat three times out of the six times he has competed, including victory in his debut appearance in 1993-94 on NZ Endeavour, skippered by another race legend Grant Dalton.

    Bannatyne also triumphed as watch captain on illbruck in 2001-02 and Ericsson 4 in 2008-09. He finished second on board CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand in the last Race in 2011-12.

    “It was great having Paul Cayard at our first session and it will be fantastic having someone like Stu as our second. Both of them bring a lot to the table and it’s up to us to absorb each of their different perspectives,” said delighted Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright.

    “Stu comes across as a hardened race veteran, because he is, but that hasn’t stopped him from generously sharing his experiences with us. We’re really lucky to have him with us”.

    Enright and his fellow crewmember Mark Towill have already enjoyed an incredible journey to reach the start line of the Volvo Ocean Race that begins with the Alicante in-port race on October 4 and then leaves for the first leg to Cape Town exactly a week later.

    They first met as the young stars of the Disney movie Morning Light seven years ago and hatched a dream to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race after learning more about the event from several race veterans on the film set.




    Thanks to the backing of Alvimedica, a European-based medical device company with head quarters in Istanbul with equally big ambitions to build a global reputation as the best in their business, their dream to take part in the Volvo Ocean Race has come true.

    Bannatyne has certainly been impressed by what he’s seen so far of Enright, Towill and their young crew-mates who are trying out during the Atlantic voyage to complete the rest of the final line-up.

    “I have been impressed so far with the professionalism and enthusiasm that Charlie and his young team have approached their campaign. Their energy to innovate and push hard for the best solutions in the programme has been great to see and I am really looking forward to working with them on this Transatlantic session”

    The team management and Alvimedica plan to introduce more legendary names from the race’s history to give the youngsters – both Enright and Towill are in their 20s – an extra edge against rivals who are double their age and have at least double their offshore experience.

    “In Alvimedica we have high ambitions in what we do. We always seek the best expertise worldwide within our field, to develop long lasting world-class collaboration. Using that same mindset for Team Alvimedica comes naturally as we care for our crew and their performance as if they were our family members. It is in our DNA,” said Anna Malm Bernsten, Campaign Director of Team Alvimedica.
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  6. #46

    Team Alvimedica Names Crew




    Newport, RI, July 7, 2014 – Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright today confirmed seven of the eight final race crew as well as the On-Board Reporter for the Volvo Ocean Race.

    In addition to the Bristol, RI skipper and team co-founder Mark Towill, 25, of Kaneohe, HI, the race crew named today are: Alberto Bolzan, 32, Trieste, Italy; Nick Dana, 28, Newport, RI; Ryan Houston, 31, Auckland, NZL; Will Oxley, 49, North Queensland, Australia; and Dave Swete, 30, of Auckland, NZL. Amory Ross, 30, of Newport, RI is the On-Board Reporter.

    The team sets out from Newport on Wednesday July 9 at 2pm for a Transatlantic training run to the United Kingdom with the newly named crew. The team will line up against Volvo Ocean Race opponent Abu Dhabi for a promotional start out of Narragansett Bay. The public can view the action from Fort Adams State Park.

    “With only eight race crew positions each role on board is vital,” Enright said. “Sailing skill is the main requirement but equally important is the team chemistry and ability to work together in a confined space for 38,000 miles around the world. To achieve great results on the water we need a collaborative group who will look after each other’s safety and well being throughout a range of challenging conditions. We are confident in our crew and look forward to facing the challenges and sharing the experiences of the Volvo Ocean Race together as a team.”


    Team Alvimedica Race Crew:

    Team Co-Founders: Charlie Enright and Mark Towill

    Skipper Charlie Enright, 29, of Bristol, RI, and crewmember Mark Towill, 25, of Kanohe, HI, co-founded Team Alvimedica. The pair first met in 2006 when they were both selected to join Morning Light for the 2007 Transpac Race. The young crew was the subject of a Disney documentary movie of the same name. It was during this program that Charlie and Mark, both Brown University graduates, learned of their mutual passion to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race.

    With backing from the Oakcliff Sailing Center, Charlie and Mark recruited an 18-member team of young sailors to compete in the 2011 Transatlantic Race from Newport, RI to England. The team earned the 2011 Transatlantic Youth Team Championship title and finished first in the youth division of the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race and third overall in the 300-boat fleet.
    Charlie Enright, 29, Bristol RI
    DOB: September 10, 1984

    The Enright family has deep roots in Bristol, a waterfront community rich in sailing heritage. Charlie first took to the water at age 3. By the time he was 5, he was sailing various recreational dinghies and by age 10, he was competing on a national level. Charlie was a four-time member of the All-American sailing team at Brown University. Charlie started logging ocean-racing miles at every chance, winning the Newport Bermuda Race in 2010, the Youth Division of the Transatlantic Race in 2011, and finishing 3rd in the IRC Division of the Fastnet Race that same year.
    Mark Towill, 25, Kaneohe, HI
    DOB: October 20, 1988

    Mark is a native of Hawaii, growing up on Oahu. At an early age he was drawn to the water surrounding his home island and became an avid sailor and kayaker by age 10. At Brown University, Mark earned BA degrees in both Economics and Environmental Studies while competing on the top-five ranked Varsity sailing team. While working to make the Volvo Ocean Race dream a reality, Mark competed in a variety of professional classes becoming World Champion in the Melges 32 class in 2011 and a Tour Champion in the RC 44 class in 2012 and 2013.

    Race Crew:

    Alberto Bolzan, 32, Trieste, Italy
    DOB: May 14, 1982

    The Italian crewmember will be competing in his first Volvo Ocean Race. Sailing from a young age with his parents, Alberto sailed Optimist to Olympic class boats before moving on to big boats from Melges 24s and 32s (Mascalzone Latino), to Farr 40s (Joe Fly and Enfant Terrible), TP52s (Luna Rossa and Pisco Sour) and Maxis (Esimit Europa 2). The four-time winner of the Giro D’Italia has won four world championships.


    Nick Dana, 28, Newport, RI
    DOB: February 6, 1986

    At only 28, Nick is embarking on his third Volvo Ocean Race for the first time as a member of the race crew. He was with the PUMA Ocean Racing 2008-09 shore team and was the on-board media person for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 2011-12. Nick’s decade of professional racing has produced a long list of ocean racing accomplishments including four Newport Bermuda Races, three Fastnets, a Middle Sea Race and a Transatlantic Race on a range of grand prix racing yachts and a recent defense of the King’s Hundred Guinea Cup with the J Boat Hanuman. Having worked for many years at his family’s Shipyard in Newport, Nick can maintain and repair boats as well as he can race them.

    Ryan Houston, 31, Auckland, New Zealand
    DOB: October 6, 1982

    This will be Ryan’s third Volvo Ocean Race as race crew. Competing previously with Delta Lloyd and Team Sanya, Ryan is looking forward to contributing his race know-how. Ryan has competed in many of the world’s ocean classics including three Sydney Hobarts, four Transatlantic Races, and four Fastnets. Most recently Ryan has been sailing with the TP52 Vesper and the Beau Geste grand prix racing programs. A graduate of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s youth program, he started sailing at Hamilton Lake on New Zealand’s North Island.


    Will Oxley, 49, North Queensland, Australia
    DOB: April 22, 1965

    Will brings navigation depth to this young team having been part of three Volvo Ocean Races, twice as navigator. Will has completed more than 240,000 nm of ocean racing including four round the world races and 14 Sydney to Hobart races. He skippered Compaq in the BT Global Challenge 2000/01 and he was also the weather coordinator for the Swedish Victory Challenge America’s Cup team. He provided navigation and weather support for Puma in the 2008/09 Volvo Ocean Race. For the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race he was navigator with Camper (Emirates Team New Zealand). Will is also a marine biologist, working from 1992-2000 at the Australian Institute of Marine Science as part of the Long-term Monitoring Project studying the Great Barrier Reef.


    David Swete, 30, Auckland, New Zealand
    DOB: November 17, 1983

    Dave is returning for his second Volvo Ocean Race. In the 2011-2012 edition with Team Sanya, Dave competed as race crew and was honored with the prestigious Hans Horrevoets Award for Young Sailor of the Race. Dave’s recent accomplishments include winning the 2014 Newport Bermuda Race with the Mini Maxi Shockwave. With this team, Dave also won the 2014 Antigua 600 and placed first in Key West 2013. He has been logging ocean-racing miles with four Sydney Hobarts, two Fastnets, the Transatlantic Race, Transpac, and two Middle Sea Races to his credit including a 2009 win on the TP52 Lucky. A graduate of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s youth program, Dave won the 2009 World Match Racing Championships with Adam Minoprio. He also competed in the 2012 America’s Cup World Series events with China Team and Red Bull Racing.

    On-Board Reporter:

    Amory Ross, 30, Newport, RI
    DOB: June 29, 1984

    The On-Board Reporter, also known as the “OBR,” has the unique role of sailing on board for the entire race but not contributing in any way to the performance of the boat. Amory will be on board for the entire race to transmit words, images and video of life on board. In addition he has non-performance enhancing roles on board such as provisioning and preparation of the food. Amory was on board PUMA Ocean Racing in the 2011-2012 edition in this capacity. Amory also worked as part of the video team for ORACLE TEAM USA’s successful defense of the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco.

    The eighth race crew position with Team Alvimedica will be filled closer to the race start. The team spent one month in their Newport homeport. The boat and crew will next be in the United States during the only North American race stopover May 5-17, 2014.

    Team Alvimedica is the youngest entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, which is the world's toughest and longest sporting event. The crew is led by American skipper Charlie Enright, age 29. The team’s owner, Alvimedica, is a young European based medical devices company, which is committed to developing minimally invasive technologies. Founded in 2007, Alvimedica is a fast growing challenger in the global field of interventional cardiology. This is the team’s first entry in the extremely challenging 38,000-mile race that starts in Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2014, stopping in 11 ports around the world. Follow the Team on: www.facebook.com/TeamAlvimedica and on www.volvooceanrace.com
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    No Ordinary Women



    Promotion video for "No Ordinary Women", a unique four episode television series portraying a team of fantastic ocean racing women, Team SCA, as they prepare to take on the Volvo Ocean Race. Find out what drives these women to sail the first all-female Volvo Ocean Race entry in 12 years. Visit teamsca.com/noordinarywomen for more info.
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    5 For Fighting



    After a 1 day postponement of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race due to the remnants of Hurricane Bertha, 5 established Volvo Ocean Race Teams have jumped out of the gate in brisk conditions for the 1st head to head contest of offshore capabilities...



    Volvo Ocean 65s neck and neck in Solent


    COWES, England – Five Volvo Ocean Race boats are currently neck and neck in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland race, which began at 0900 this morning.

    Our fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s is leading the monohulls as they exit the English Channel. Currently in front is the Spanish team - whose title sponsor has yet to be announced - skippered by Iker Martínez, and Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team are a close runner-up.

    In third place, Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are pushing the front two hard, and being pursued by the all-female Team SCA. Rhode Island’s Team Alvimedica, skippered by Charlie Enright, currently find themselves some way behind their rivals in fifth position.

    To find out more, go to the official race tracker.

    The event, which marks the first time that so many of the new Volvo Ocean Race 65s have raced against each other, was originally due to start a day earlier, at midday on Sunday – but was pushed back due to stormy weather blowing in from across the Atlantic.

    And despite the warmer and more settled conditions today, the race route was reversed, which means that the fleet will sail anti-clockwise around the isles, rather than the traditional clockwise.

    In spite of the changes, the boats were still faced with strong winds, and that meant that they had no problems slipping quickly into race mode – with Team SCA grabbing pole position during the early exchanges.

    Despite pressure from Dongfeng Race Team and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, the girls held their own – and as the boats passed Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower, they hung on to a narrow lead.

    But the gap to first place was soon closed by their rivals, and a late charge from the Spanish team saw Martínez’s crew edge ahead following an underwhelming start.

    It was a fast and ferocious beginning to proceedings by the teams, and the tricky conditions were underlined by news of an injury to Dongfeng Race Team’s Pascal Bidégorry.

    The experienced French navigator collided with another crew member, lost balance and fell, injuring his hand. The resulting cut required four stitches.

    Team Alvimedica’s Will Oxley, who has completed two campaigns previously, spoke before the beginning of the race about the difficulties that the notoriously testing route would raise.

    “It’s a great race track, one of the best in the world, and from a navigator’s perspective, it’s very, very busy,” he said.

    “It will also give us more time to work together, to tackle decisions, and go through the decision-making process, so that it is as smooth as it can be come race time in the Volvo Ocean Race.”

    And his team made one big decision earlier this week, as they announced their final crew member ahead of the first leg October start in Alicante.

    Matt Noble, a 28-year-old San Francisco native, will be onboard for the race around Britain – and has known his skipper for a long time.

    “Sure, I’ve sailed with Charlie (Enright) and Mark (Towill) in the past - I crossed the Atlantic with them a few years ago,” explains Matt.

    “Even then, they said that their goal was to get a Volvo Ocean Race campaign together – so when I heard they’d succeeded, I was really happy for them.”

    So was his addition a long time coming, or was he surprised to receive the call from his skipper?

    “I knew that there was a core of sailors who they’d be considering for the crew, and I was stoked to find out that my name was a little higher up that list than I thought!”

    The announcement of Noble, who is currently engaged to be married and is due to get married next summer, is the second crew addition to the race in a week following Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s recruitment of seasoned Kiwi Daryl Wislang a couple of days earlier.

    The team, skippered by Ian Walker, has also confirmed that Matt Knighton will fill the role of Onboard Reporter.

    Having raced with third-placed Telefónica Blue and second-placed Camper in previous additions, 33-year-old bowman Daryl brings a wealth of experience to Azzam – and is keen to grab his first Volvo Ocean Race trophy.

    “The real reason I’m back is the fact that I haven’t won one yet,” he says.

    “It’s time to put that right, and I’m confident that the Abu Dhabi team gives me the best chance of that.”

    For full details of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race visit the official website.



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    Race postponed due to weather - new start announced...
    #rorcsrbi Newsflash! Race Postponement Announced

    The Race Committee have taken the decision to postpone the start of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 by 21 hours. The new start time will be 0900 on the 11th August 2014.

    The Race Committee took this decision after receiving advice that the low pressure system known as Bertha is moving more slowly than previously predicted, with the result that the forecast winds for the start and the immediate period afterwards includes sustained winds of 40 knots with gusts in excess of 50 knots in the English Channel.

    The advice is that this delay will allow time for the severe winds to abate as the low pressure system moves North East.

    To keep up to date with information visit the race web site. http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/




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    Original Press Release:

    COWES, England, August 7 – Five Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 boats will line up against each other in a dress rehearsal of the event proper when they compete in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race on Sunday.

    The race is expected to take at least five days to complete depending on conditions and will give a form guide for Team SCA, Dongfeng Race Team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Alvimedica and Iker Martinez’s Spanish crew ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race start on October 4 in Alicante, Spain.

    For Abu Dhabi’s highly experienced skipper Ian Walker it is a real opportunity to scout the opposition ahead of the gruelling nine-month ocean battle round the world in their identical Volvo Ocean 65 boats.

    “I’m not worried about bragging rights,” said their skipper, Ian Walker. “We don’t know where we are right now. I think we’re in a really good space – but we don’t know. Essentially, we will find out where we’re at.

    “If you’re asking me whether I’ll have one eye on the other boats I can tell you I’ll have more than one eye on the other teams! I might even have some cameras on them,” he joked.

    Team SCA finished third in the Round Canary Islands Race last month behind the Spanish team and winners of the mini-Volvo Ocean Race contest, Team Brunel. They will be looking to continue their offshore progress against more of their Volvo Ocean Race competitors.

    Libby Greenhalgh laughed off claims that the teams might take the race a little easy, with nine months at sea playing on their minds.

    'Full pelt'

    “You’ve got to go full pelt, really go for it,” she said. “We’re still massively learning. We need to work out where we can make gains, and where our strengths are.

    “It’ll be exactly the same approach as the Round Canary Islands Race, but with more of a fleet element. The other boats have done a lot of offshore sailing before, and this is all new for a lot of us.”

    Sam Davies agrees. “Although we’ve been training for the longest, we are the underdogs and the least experienced. We’ve come so far – this time last year we wouldn’t have been capable of doing this.

    “We’re not going to hide anything, we’re just going to go out there and do the best job we can, knowing we have a lot to learn.”

    For Team Alvimedica, who recently completely a transatlantic crossing to arrive in the Solent, the race poses a new challenge – the opportunity to race against their new rivals for the first time officially with a tricky route to navigate.

    “It’s very coastal with lots of corners and headlands, so it will certainly keep us on our toes,” said leading crew member Mark Towill. “I think there’ll be a real emphasis on boat handling. I’ve never done this race before so I’m looking forward to ticking that box.”

    The Spanish team, whose main title sponsor is unlikely be announced sooner than next month, have recruited experienced Galician sailor Gonzalo Araújo for Sunday’s Round Britain and Ireland Race.

    “With the little preparation time that we have, and the fact that we’re very behind on that score compared with the other teams, we need all the help possible from people with experience. That’s the case with Gonzalo, who will help us onboard in this regatta,” said skipper Martínez.

    Araújo was watch leader on Telefónica Black in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 as well as being a crew member of the TP52 Bribon for two seasons and can count on vast experience in a multitude of boats and classes.

    He is currently one of the crew members of the Brazilian TP52 team Phoenix which is competing in the Mapfre Copa de Rey, contested until Saturday in Palma, Majorca.

    Meanwhile, following an intense on-shore body conditioning workout, Dongfeng Racing Team skipper Charles Caudrelier stressed that the round Britain and Ireland trip will be an important education.

    “I think we’re going to learn a lot,” he said. “The level of the team now will be low compared with what it will be at the end of the race.

    “Ultimately, I think that the best team will be the one who is ready to improve most. I guess that improvement begins here.

    But ultimately, practice run as it may be, it will signal an important milestone on the Volvo Ocean Race landscape.

    “Everyone will be there, except Team Brunel,” added Caudrelier. “It’s going to be a good test barrier – the game starts now.”

    Team Brunel, in contrast to their rivals, have opted to continue training in their Lanzarote training base while their five rivals are in competitive action.

    Skipper Bouwe Bekking says he doesn’t want to reveal his cards – yet. “We’re not going to make the competition any wiser,” he said. “Let them work it out for themselves.”

    During the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town starting on October 11, Team Brunel will apparently not show their hand immediately. “We will wait until we are out of sight of our opponents,” said Jens Dolmer.
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  9. #49
    Great that Matt got on board!

    Go Team Alvimedica!

  10. #50
    Go the Noble Mon!

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