TEAM's for VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2017-2018

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TEAMS VolvoOceanRace 2017-2018

At this moment, 6 July 2016, Team AkzoNobel is the 1st Team registered for the coming Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018. It is a brand new team, with a Dutch base and they will sail the 8th build Boat under construction early 2017.
Dongfeng Race Team, has confirmed its return to the VolvoOceanRace 2017-2018. Dongfeng is a Chinese sponsored team, with  a good result in their first previous  version of VOR, 3rd in Overall Ranking. 
Mapfre returns for a 2nd consecutive as entry into the VOR 2017-2018 , with skipper Xabi Fernandez. Mapfre won Leg 4 in the last edition of VOR.
Vestas is also returning for the VOR2017-2018. The duo Charlie Enright and Mark Towill will lead their campaign. Vestas grounded last VOR version and damaged their boat heavily, but got it repaired just in time for sailing the last Legs.
Sun Hung Kai Scallywag, is a new Team from  HongKong to enter the VOR 2017-2018 and luckily they are that HongKong is a host city . 
turn the tide to plastic, is another new Team with a mission to fight the plastic pollution of the Oceans and Seas. A first female skipper on a VOR Boat.
Team Brunel, a returning back to the VOR with skipper Bouwe Bekking. Runner-up in last VOR will the Victory be possible this time?
The 8th Boat, ??? still up for rent =:) !

That is just 7 teams at just under 1 Month before the start in Alicante on 22 October 2017

Team AkzoNobel

 Website: Team AkzoNobel 

    Skipper - Simeon Tienpont NED
    Navigator - Jules Salter GBR
    Watch Captain - Chris Nicholson AUS
    Crew - Peter van Niekerk NED
    Crew - Brad Farrand NZL
    Crew - Nicolai Sehested DEN
    Crew - Cécile Laguette FRA
    Crew - Martine Grael BRA
    Crew - Luke Molloy AUS
    OBR - Sam Greenfield USA

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    Dongfeng Race Team

    Website: Dongfeng Race Team

    • Charles Caudrelier   - Skipper/Watch
    • Carolijn Brouwer     - Crew member
    • Marie Riou              - Crew member
    • Stuart Bannatyne     - Watch Captain
    • Fabien Delahaye       - Crew member
    • Liu Xue "Black"        - Crew member
    • Jackson Bouttell       - Bowman
    • Pascal Bidegorry       - Navigator
    • Kevin Escoffier          - Watch Captain    

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    • Xabi Fernandez             - Skipper
    • Juan Vila                         - Navigator
    • Pablo Arrarte                 - Watch Captain
    • Rob Greenhalgh            - Watch Captain
    • Blair Tuke                       - Crew Member
    • Willy Altadill                   - Crew Member
    • Tamara Echegoyen       - Crew Member
    • Sophie Ciszek                - Crew Member
    • Louis Sinclair                  - Crew Member 
    • Neal McDonald               - Performance man.

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    Website:  Vestas-11thHourRacing
    Leg 4

      Skipper - Mark Towill USA
      Navigator - Simon Fisher GBR
      Crew - Roberto 'Chuny' Bermúdez de Castro Muñoz ESP
      Crew - Phil Harmer AUS
      Crew - Nick Dana USA
      Crew - Tom Johnson AUS
      Crew - Tony Mutter AUS
      Crew - Stacey Jackson AUS
      Crew - Hannah Diamond GBR
      OBR - Amory Ross USA

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        Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag

      Leg 4

      Skipper - David Witt AUS
      Navigator - Libby Greenhalgh GBR
      Watch Captain - Luke Parkinson AUS
      Crew - Alex Gough AUS
      Crew - Annemieka Bes NED
      Crew - Benjamin Piggott AUS
      Crew - John Fisher GBR
      Crew - Grant Wharington AUS
      Crew - Trystan Seal GBR
      OBR - Konrad Frost GBR

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       Turn the Tide on Plastic

       Website:  Clean Seas
      LEG 4

      Skipper - Dee Caffari GBR
      Navigator - Brian Thompson GBR
      Watch Captain - Martin Strömberg SWE
      Watch Captain - Liz Wardley AUS
      Crew - Elodie Mettraux SUI
      Crew - Francesca Clapcich ITA
      Crew - Annalise Murphy IRL
      Crew - Bernardo Freitas POR
      Crew - Bleddyn Mon GBR
      Crew - Frederico Melo POR
      OBR - Brian Carlin IRL

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        Team Brunel

       Website:  Brunel Sailing
      Leg 4

      Skipper - Bouwe Bekking NED
      Navigator - Andrew Cape GBR
      Bowman - Carlo Huisman NED
      Helm-trimmer - Jens Dolmer DEN
      Helm-trimmer - Kyle Langford AUS
      Helm-trimmer - Sam Newton AUS
      Helm-trimmer - Rome Kirby USA
      Helm-trimmer - Sally Barkow USA
      Helm-trimmer - Abby Ehler GBR
      OBR - Yann Riou FRA

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        Onboard Reporters (OBR)

      An Onboard Reporter (OBR) will join each Boat during the race. Their tasks are to report the progress , difficulties, successes and life of crew on-board. I read that OBR are not fixed on one Boat, this VOR edition, but could/will rotate over the different boats.
      For the first time , communication will be possible via social media as well.

      An OBR has a lot of high tech equipment on board, camera's mobile and fixed, computer, to report and capture the events on the boats during the races. Communication via satellite makes it possible to receive from every spot on the globe their reports. 

      • Konrad Frost (Britain)
      • Jen Edney (USA)
      • Jeremie Lecaudey (France)
      • Martin Keruzore (France)
      • Sam Greenfield (USA)
      • Ugo Fonolla (Spain)
      • James Blake (NewZealand)
      • Richard Edwards (Britain)
      • Tom Martienssen (Britain)
      • Brian Carlin (Ireland)

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