Date — 30 September, 2011
Alicante, Spain – 30 September 2011 – The most competitive line-up to contest a Volvo Ocean Race is assembling in Alicante ready for the start of the 2011-2012 edition in just under a month- with IWC’s Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing gearing up for action.
After many months of preparation and training at their respective bases around the globe, six teams featuring the world’s best sailors have converged on the Spanish port in the final countdown to the 39,000 nautical mile round the world race. With all Volvo Open 70 yachts already in Alicante, the cast list is in place for the 11th edition of professional sailing’s toughest challenge.
The six teams poised to battle it out for the honor of lifting the Volvo Ocean Race trophy are Team Telefónica, Team Sanya, Groupama sailing team, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion, and IWC’s own Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.
Made up of Olympic stars, world champions and round the world veterans, the six crews boast between them eight Olympic medals – four gold and four silver – and 106 circumnavigations in the Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread Round the World Race alone. IWC’s team boasts both Olympic medalists and VOR champions- and are poised for success in the world’s most grueling sailing championship.
Knut Frostad, Chief Executive of the Volvo Ocean Race, said: “The arrival of all the boats in Alicante is a major milestone for the Volvo Ocean Race and it’s great to see them all in port. He added: “Having the teams here next to each other really brings home the enormity of the challenge that lies ahead.”
While Frostad could not predict a winner, he said: “The six teams who will compete for the Volvo Ocean Race trophy represent the very best of the world’s sailing talent and I have no doubt this edition of the race will be the greatest the Volvo Ocean Race has seen in its 38 years.”
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