Franck Cammas, a sailor with a prestigious carrier, is the skipper for the French team in the Volvo Ocean Race. The team will compete in the next two editions with its partner Groupama. Cammas has selected a crew whose skills really complement each other's: around the world sailors and on shore crew technical experts make this team really efficient. This new team in the race is feared by the best due to the qualities of all its members.
The Volvo Open 70 Groupama has been designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, who designed the last 2 Volvo Ocean Race winners. On board a serie of stars in offshore sailing: Thomas Coville, Damian Foxhall, Jean-Luc Nélias, Laurent Pagčs, Charles Caudrelier, Erwan Israël and Yann Riou. Five countries will be represented on board with one Australian, one New-Zealander, two Swedish people and 8 French men. The team is dynamic, very talented and they all have been working for a year and a half to be ready for the start of the famous Volvo Ocean Race.
China is entering the Volvo Ocean Race with the Kiwi skipper Mike Sanderson. Considered one of the best sailors in the world, Sanderson has already won the race twice. He will be at the helm of the former Telefónica Blue, built in 2004. His team is mostly made of Kiwi veterans and one Chinese! Onboard SANYA, the objective is to do the best they can to reach their best level; and when Mike Sanderson sets such an objective, one can think that it will be achieved. Although SANYA is not the most recent boat in the fleet, Sanderson and his team’s talent make him a serious competitor in this race.
The Spanish team has a fair part of stars as well, starting with Iker Martínez. The skipper has won 2 gold medals and just finished 2nd in the Barcelona World Race, a double handed around the world race without stops. For his 3rd participation, Martínez will be sailing on a brand new Volvo Open 70, with a Juan Kouyoumdjian design and built in Valencia by the King Marine Yard.
Martínez’ crew members are proud to be representing Spain for this extreme around the world race. Trained for high level competition, the Spanish have proved that we can count on them. In 2008-09, Teléfonica had two boats in the race and both were really competitive.
Andrew Cape, Xabi Fernandez, Neal Mac Donald, Pepe Ribes, Jordi Calafat, Joao Signorini, Pablo Arrate, Antonio Cuevas-Mons form this experienced crew and they’re not planning on doing bit parts!
Puma Ocean Racing finished 2nd during the last race and they fought until the last races. The inevitable feline is back with Ken Read at the helm and they are, for sure, one of the favorites. The boat, “Mar Mostro” is a Volvo Open 70 designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian. On board, Read will be assisted by the best sailors from the United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa like Tom Addis, Ryan Godfrey, Kelvin Harrap, Brad Jackson, Rome Kirby, Tony Mutter or Casey Smith and Jonathan Swain. The impressive PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG has decided to take its revenge and step on the highest podium step!
Abu Dhabi’s crew brings together veterans from the Volvo Ocean Race and Emirati sailors. On the Farr design, the helm is given to the British sailor Ian Walker, twice Olympic winner and skipper of Green Dragon (Irish boat) during the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. Jules Salter, Rob Greenhalgh, Craig Satterhwaite, Simon Fisher, Justin Ferris, Justin Slattery and Nick Dana were all on board during the last race. The force of this new team: the 7 nationalities on board and the knowledge of this extreme race.
The American, Nick Dana “media-man” on board has proven all is talent onboard Puma in the last edition. No doubt that he will make us live this adventure as if we were on board. They qualified last minute since Ian Walker and his men finished their offshore qualifier in Alicante, two weeks before the first official regatta: the In-Port Race ( October 29th). For Abu Dhabi, participating is a premiere and a real satisfaction.
The Spanish shoe brand and Emirates Team New Zealand teamed together to make their first Volvo Ocean Race campaign a success. Chris Nicholson will be at the helm of one of the favorite boats. Why? The crew members on CAMPER cumulate 17 America’s Cups, 22 Volvo Ocean Race- Whitbread and several world champion titles.
Adam Minoprino, Andrew Mac Lean, Daryl Wislang, Hamish Hooper, Mike Parmmenter, Rob Sathouse, Stuart Bannatyne, Tony Rae, Will Oxley ; so many of New-Zealand sailing stars.
The boat has been designed by Marcelino Botin who has been working with Team New Zealand for many years, leading them on the podiums! His first boat finished 2nd of the last edition, it was Puma’s Mar Mostro. With their new boat, built at the famous Cookson Boats yard, CAMPER with ETNZ is going for the victory.