Volvo Ocean Race

The sailing teams can be made up of both men and woman with 7 to 11 crew members depending on the gender ratio of the teams. There can be 11 female crew or 7 male crew and any combination in between. As well as the sailors, there is also an onboard reporter who captures content around the clock.

More about the Teams

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Team

AkzoNobel

Country
Netherlands
Skipper
Team Skipper
Simeon Tienpont
Team Info

Team AkzoNobel is a brand-new Dutch ocean racing team led by Netherlands skipper, Simeon Tienpont and backed by leading global paints and coatings company, AkzoNobel. The team was the first entry in the 2017-18 edition - continuing the remarkable legacy of Dutch teams competing in the race. Tienpont is a double America’s Cup winner but his love affair with the Volvo Ocean Race began during the 2005-06 edition when he sailed as a rookie as part of the Dutch flagged ABN AMRO TWO. Now Tienpont is back with his own campaign and aiming to become the first Dutch skipper since the legendary Conny van Rietschoten, - winner in 1977-78 and 1981-82 – to bring the Volvo Ocean Race trophy back to the Netherlands.

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Dongfeng Race Team

Country
China
Skipper
Team Skipper
Charles Caudrelier
Team Info

Dongfeng Race Team are back for a second shot at the Volvo Ocean Race under inspirational French skipper Charles Caudrelier, after defying expectations to grab a podium finish in the 2014-15 edition. This time, the team is 100% backed by Dongfeng Motor Corporation, the Chinese motor manufacturer headquartered in the Hubei province city of Wuhan. The team are committed to developing the sport of offshore sailing in China and once again Caudrelier’s crew will include Chinese sailors plus world class offshore ocean racing sailors from France and elsewhere.

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Mapfre

Country
Spain
Skipper
Team Skipper
Xabi Fernández
Team Info

Spanish campaign MAPFRE returns for a second consecutive edition, this time with one of Spain’s best sailors, Xabi Fernández, as skipper. In 2014-15, the Spanish team won Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland and achieved three more podium finishes. It will be the eighth edition in 12 that Spain has been represented in professional sport’s toughest test of teamwork, and MAPFRE’s crew will be desperate to grab the nation’s first ever win. Spanish sailing legend Pedro Campos will again oversee the project, as team director. Campos has been involved in every edition of the race since 2005-06, when he led the iconic Movistar project, and the next edition will be his fifth consecutive campaign.

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Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Country
USA/Denmark
Skipper
Team Skipper
Charlie Enright
Team Info

Vestas are returning to the Volvo Ocean Race for a second consecutive edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing. The team will be led by the American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill who had their first taste of the Volvo Ocean Race back in 2014-15. Vestas 11th Hour Racing has two core aims: to do well on the water and promote a sustainable message across the world.

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Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag

Country
Hong Kong SAR, China
Skipper
Team Skipper
David Witt
Team Info

Representing Hong Kong, the fifth team to join the next edition is backed by Hong Kong-based Seng Huang Lee and Sun Hung Kai & Co. and aims to promote competitive sailing and build a long-lasting youth sailing legacy in Asia. The team will be skippered by experienced Australian sailor David Witt, who competed in the 1997-98 race onboard Innovation Kvaerner.

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Turn the tide on plastic

Country
United Nations
Skipper
Team Skipper
Dee Caffari
Team Info

Britain’s Dee Caffari will lead 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' – a mixed, youth focused team with a strong sustainability message in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. Her campaign, already backed by the Mirpuri Foundation and Ocean Family Foundation, is dedicated to the issue of ocean health. The team will amplify United Nations Environment’s 'Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic' campaign throughout the eight months of the race. Caffari’s ambition is to build a multi-national, 50-50 male/female squad, with the majority under 30 years of age. As part of the sustainability focus, the messages around diversity in age and gender will be strong themes of a campaign that in sporting terms may not start as a favourite, but could easily surprise on the water.

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Team Brunel

Country
Netherlands
Skipper
Team Skipper
Bouwe Bekking
Team Info

No one has sailed more miles in the Volvo Ocean Race than Team Brunel skipper Bekking, who made his first appearance as a crew member on Philips Innovator back in 1985-86. More than 30 years on, and now aged 54, Bekking’s Volvo Ocean Race obsession has only intensified – and he’s still chasing an elusive first win. Team backers include Brunel, the Dutch-based global project management, recruitment and consultancy company, and its founder Jan Brand. Brunel are Volvo Ocean Race veterans themselves, having had their first involvement in 1997-98, and they’re the fourth major sponsor to return for a second consecutive edition in 2017-18, alongside MAPFRE, Dongfeng and Vestas.