Volvo Ocean Race: Crew announced for Leg One
Published on October 20th, 2017
Alicante, Spain (October 20, 2017) – With the first offshore leg of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race to get underway on October 22, the seven teams have revealed the crew which will take on the 1450 nm leg from Alicante, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal via Porto Santo.
New for this edition of the race is a major rule change to give world-class female sailors a much clearer pathway to compete at the highest level of offshore sailing in the 2017-18 edition. The rules of the race limit all-male teams to seven sailors, one fewer than in 2014-15, and give mixed teams a significant numerical advantage.
All seven teams have opted for this advantage. Here are the crew lists:
Note: This list was updated on October 21.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing:
Charlie Enright (skipper)
James Blake (OBR)
Dongfeng Race Team:
Charles Caudrelier (skipper)
Chen Jinhao (Horace)
Richard Edwards (OBR)
Simeon Tienpont – skipper
Konrad Frost (OBR)
Bouwe Bekking (skipper)
Martin Keruzoré (OBR)
Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag:
David Witt (skipper)
Jeremie Lecaudey (OBR)
Turn the Tide on Plastic:
Dee Caffari (skipper)
Jen Edney (OBR)
Xabi Fernández (skipper)
Antonio “Ñeti” Cuervas-Mons
Ugo Fonollá (OBR)
Note: OBR is the acronym for the onboard reporter.
The first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race will start on October 22 and extend 1450 nm from Alicante, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal via Porto Santo.
2017-18 Edition: Entered Teams – Skippers
• Team AkzoNobel (NED), Brad Jackson (NZL)
• Dongfeng Race Team (CHN), Charles Caudrelier (FRA)
• MAPFRE (ESP), Xabi Fernández (ESP)
• Vestas 11th Hour Racing (DEN/USA), Charlie Enright (USA)
• Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (HKG), David Witt (AUS)
• Turn the Tide on Plastic (POR), Dee Caffari (GBR)
• Team Brunel (NED), Bouwe Bekking (NED)
Background: Racing the one design Volvo Ocean 65, the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race begins in Alicante, Spain on October 22 2017 with the final finish in The Hague, Netherlands on June 30 2018. In total, the 11-leg race will visit 12 cities in six continents: Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg, and The Hague. A maximum of eight teams will compete.
Source: Volvo Ocean Race