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Alicante • 40th Anniversary of VOR • 2013

Volvo Ocean Race Museum
in Alicante now free to enter

Volvo Ocean Race 40th birthday celebrations continue with switch to free entry at interactive museum in Alicante

The Volvo Ocean Race Museum will be free to enter with immediate effect, giving more people than ever a chance to experience the historic round-the-world sailing race first hand as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The move to offer free entry comes as part of the Volvo Ocean Race's 40th birthday celebrations, which began with the opening at the Alicante Museum of a stunning new photographic exhibition entitled '40 years, 40 faces'.

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"We want everyone to be able to enjoy this spectacular interactive Museum and get to know a race that has been creating heroes and legends since 1973," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.

"We're currently enjoying our 40th birthday celebrations and we want Alicante locals and tourists alike to see the wonderful new exhibition and gain an understanding of what makes this race so special."

The Volvo Ocean Race Museum opened in Alicante in June 2012 and is based at the race's state-of-the-art headquarters, just a five-minute stroll from the Mediterranean city's central esplanade and Postiguet beach, in the thriving port area of one of Europe's most popular tourist destinations.

The high-tech museum gives a close-up view of the NASA-inspired Race Control room at the race's headquarters, while offering visitors the chance to get hands-on with the race via a series of interactive displays.

The '40 years, 40 faces' exhibition features pictures from all 11 previous editions, focusing on people rather than boats, on faces rather than waves, and paints an intimate view of a race that began life as the Whitbread back in 1973 and remains sport's ultimate test of teamwork and character.

The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starts in Alicante on October 4, 2014 and will run until June 2015 with a finish in Gothenburg, Sweden. Along the way, the teams will stop at Recife (Brazil), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport, Rhode Island (United States), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France). • 6/13

Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 • Entries

There were eight entries in the Volvo Ocean Race.
 
DELTA LLOYD NED

ERICSSON RACING TEAM INTERNATIONAL SWE

ERICSSON RACING TEAM NORDIC SWE

GREEN DRAGON CHN/IRL

PUMA OCEAN RACING USA

TEAM RUSSIA RUS

TELEFONICA BLACK ESP

TELEFONICA BLUE  ESP

 


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Chinese sailors • VOR 2017-18

Chinese sailors return for Dongfeng Race Team

Dongfeng Race Team have confirmed four more crew members for their 2017-18 campaign, including the returning Chinese trio of Black, Wolf and Horace

The Chinese sailors are Jiru Yang, aged 26, who uses the English name Wolf; Liu Xue, 24, known as Black, and Chen Jinhao, 25, Horace. They are joined by Australian/British sailor Jack Bouttell in a four-strong squad of Under-30s in Charles Caudrelier’s Chinese-backed team.

Under race rules, all teams must have at least two Under-30s onboard on all 11 legs of the 46,000-nautical mile race, which starts from Alicante on October 22.

Speaking at Shanghai Auto 2017, Wolf said he was delighted to be named once again as part of Caudrelier’s final squad.

“It’s such an honour to sail again with this team,” he said. “On the boat during the hard moments, I sometimes said to myself that I would never do it again, but there are good memories too, that’s why I have come back again.

“One of the most important things for me is that we are trying to encourage more Chinese people to sail…so I hope we can bring more attention to the sport by racing again with the team.” Horace said his goal would be to concentrate on racing.

“This time I will be more focused on what I can do on the boat and, having done the last Volvo, I know what I can do,” he said. Black, who is currently sailing in the Sinan Cup Regatta in China, said: “Last time I knew nothing, I did not speak English, I didn’t know what it was like offshore and I did not know the Volvo Ocean Race. Now I have a better mental approach because Charles asked me to come back and I don’t want to let him down.”

Bowman Jack Bouttell, 26, also has experience with Dongfeng in 2014-15, having sailed on leg three. He has completed two Solitaire du Figaro campaigns. “The Volvo Ocean Race is something I’ve wanted to do for a really long time,” Bouttell said. “It’s the top of the sailing world in the crewed side of things and it’s been one of my big goals for years.”

Dongfeng Race Team skipper Charles Caudrelier says the three Chinese sailors have come a long way since their debut.

“Wolf, Black and Horace have one Volvo Ocean Race behind them and all of them sailed on at least two or three legs of the last race, so we are in quite a different position,” the Frenchman said. “Last time we were selecting them in China and teaching them how to use a winch, this time we are only speaking about performance.

“As for Jack, he is a very good single-handed sailor and did a fantastic job for us on leg three in the last race. He is a strong guy and will be our bowman but also one of the best drivers in our crew.”

Dongfeng Race Team’s other announced crew members are French solo sailing star Jérémie Beyou, the New Zealand Volvo Ocean Race experts Daryl Wislang and Stu Bannatyne and the female sailors Marie Riou of France and Caroljin Brouwer of the Netherlands. • 4/17

Crew

Jack Bouttell
Nationality: Australian/British
Date of birth: 18 January 1991 Sailing highlights:
2013: 1st Rookie, La Solitaire du Figaro 2015: 1st place, Leg 3 into Sanya onboard Dongfeng 2016: 1st place and new race record, Transat Quebec-St Malo, Spindrift 2 (maxi trimaran)

Chen Jinhao (Horace)
Nationality: Chinese
Date of birth: February 15, 1992 Sailing highlights:
2011: Crew member onboard 77ft yacht, Jelik
2013: Part of China Team in Extreme Sailing Series, Qingdao 2014-15: 3rd place, Volvo Ocean Race with Dongfeng Race Team

Liu Xue (Black)
Nationality: Chinese Date of birth: March 12, 1993 Sailing highlights: 2013: Member of China Team in the America’s Cup World Series 2014-15: 3rd place, Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race
2015: Skipper, China Sailing Tour team in China Cup International Regatta

Yang Jiru (Wolf)
Nationality: Chinese
Date of birth: July 14, 1990 Sailing highlights:
2013: 9th place, America's Cup World Series, Naples
2015: 3rd place with Dongfeng Race Team in the Volvo Ocean Race
2016: 3rd place, Sydney Hobart Race with Dongfeng Race Team

 

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing • VOR 2014-15

Young Aussie sailor in crew

Australian Luke Parkinson has been recruited by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing • The 23-year-old Perth sailor is joining the team skippered by Ian Walker in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 

Parkinson will be one of Abu Dhabi’s Under-30s crew members*. Turning 24 in February, this 49er sailor was selected by skipper Ian Walker after coming highly recommended within sailing circles and passing a series of testing trials.

parkinson"I sailed with Luke on this year’s Hong Kong to Vietnam Race in very testing conditions," said Walker, Britain’s twice Olympic silver medallist. "I was very impressed with his attitude and his skills as both a bowman and offshore helmsman. He is a multi-tasker which will be essential in the next race sailing the new Volvo Ocean 65 with only nine crew members in total, including the onboard reporter.

"Everything is going to be harder on deck. I have a very good feeling about Luke who I believe is hugely committed to producing his best for the team."

For the young Aussie, who goes by the nick-name Parko and is qualified in sail making, first aid, sea survival and as a radio operator, this appointment is a "dream come true."

"This is quite simply the best Christmas present ever! I can’t remember being this excited going into a new year," he said. "The Volvo Ocean Race is the challenge I want to work hardest towards. To me, doing the race is the biggest all-round challenge that provides the best sense of achievement and enjoyment. I just want to thank Abu Dhabi for giving me this chance – I will not let them down.

"For as long as I can remember I‘ve had a passion for sailing. From racing as a young child, I decided to continue to base my lifestyle around trying to make the best go at it that I can. I love the different challenges sailing brings to people and I believe it brings out true personalities when life is at its toughest."

And life will certainly be tough for the young, single Aussie as he tackles the 39,379 nautical miles race starting in October 2014 from Alicante, Spain.

Parkinson will start teaming up with Walker in December. The two will sail the Sydney-Hobart race with legendary Aussie sailor Syd Fischer on board his 100-foot Ragamuffin. The race starts on Boxing Day and Walker says it’s not going to be a push over.

“It will be a great experience for Luke and good offshore training for me too. It will is another excellent training exercise towards our long-term goals. We’re in for a white knuckle ride but will give our best."

Next up for Parkinson will be a February trip to Abu Dhabi – which will host the Volvo Ocean Race fleet over Christmas 2014 and New Year 2015 - to get to know his crew mates and the destination he’ll now represent. He is looking forward to meet his fellow Under-30 Adil Khalid. In 2011-12, the 25-year-old Emirati became the only Arab sailor to complete the Volvo Ocean Race with Abu Dhabi. 

"I’ve never been to Arabia before and I’m keen to learn more about it," said Parkinson. "I’m really looking forward to meeting Adil and swapping experiences. I’ve great admiration for him for setting role model standards for his fellow nationals – that’s the only way to build a sailing following – showing what can be done, the benefits it brings not only for the individual but for the community." • 12/13

* According to the Notice of Race, each team will have to race with two sailors under the age of 30 at all times.

 

 




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