U.S. Sailors ready for the Volvo Ocean Race.
The co-leaders of Team Alvimedica in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, Charlie Enright and Mark Towill have announced that they are in for the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race event.
The U.S sailors will be having a couple of sponsors including the environmental group and past VOR sponsor Vestas.
Their team is being called Vestas 11th Hour Racing.
“It’s an exciting time. We’ve achieved a strong collective of sponsors, and the boat has now been refitted and branded in Lisbon, waiting for us to get over there and get it out on the water. We’re working hard on building a competitive team ahead of the race, and have a couple of transatlantic sailings lined up for April and May,” Charlie Enright says.
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In this race, their sponsor Vestas, a global energy company devoted solely to wind energy hopes for the best in their team as their team in the last race did not end up well.
In the last race, Vestas team has Australian sailor Chris Nicholson in charge but had a taste of misfortune as they ended up on a reef in the Indian Ocean midway through the second leg and only barely made it back for the race’s final stages.
This year’s race will begin in Alicante, Spain, October 22. The sailors will navigate round the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Horn and make a stopover in Newport, Rhode Island, in May 2018, before heading across the Atlantic to Europe, where it will eventually finish in the Netherlands.
They will cover a total of 45,000 miles, with stops at Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Cardiff and Gothenburg in addition to Newport.
The 11th Hour Racing Co-Founder Wendy Schmidt had something to say about their team. “Mark and Charlie have been serving as ambassadors for 11th Hour Racing for the past two years, having witnessed first-hand during the last Volvo Ocean Race the many ways pollution and plastic debris are destroying ocean life and threatening all of us. Our partnership with Vestas is about inspiring positive change in the way we think about energy and the natural resources of the planet.”