Faltan tres dias para la salida, el próximo sábado día 5 de noviembre. España está representada por el equipo Telefonica
Skipper: Iker Martínez (34) Spain
Boat name: Telefónica
Designer: Juan Kouyoumdjian
Having been a co-skipper of the Telefónica Blue crew in the last race, this is Martínez’s first time fully in charge.
One of the most successful Spanish sailors ever, Martínez has won multiple world and European titles, Olympic gold and silver medals in the 49er dinghy and also has experience of two previous Volvo Ocean Races and a Barcelona World Race campaign to his name.
His crew line-up includes several of his Telefónica Blue crewmates including his Olympic partner Xabi Fernández, as well as round the world race veterans Andrew Cape and Neal McDonald.
Martínez says his decision to lead Telefónica rather than secure a virtually guaranteed spot in next year’s Olympics was made easier because of the strongly Spanish make up of the Telefónica campaign.
“To lead a national team like this is a huge honour and something which was hard to turn down. I feel very proud to be in charge of such a strong team with such a Spanish profile.”
Team Telefónica have the longest pedigree of any of the current teams and have looked very much the finished article in the lead up to the start.
With a near perfect blend of inshore and offshore talent on board they can be expected to perform well in both the short course and ocean elements of the race. Moreover, their collective Mediterranean experience should give them an advantage in the early stages of the first leg from Alicante to Cape Town.
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Skipper: Ken Read (50) USA
Boat name: PUMA’s Mar Mostro
Designer: Juan Kouyoumdjian
Multiple world champion and veteran America’s Cup sailor Ken Read is a national sailing treasure back home in the United States and this is his second consecutive Volvo Ocean Race in charge of the PUMA campaign.
Last time breakages and some bad luck ultimately prevented him from challenging effectively for the overall trophy in the latter stages of the race and he was forced to settle for second place.
The oldest competitor in this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the 50-year-old Read has famously cited his motivation for winning as being “so that I never have to sail around the world again”.
Switching this time to a Juan Kouyoumdjian designed boat, Read has packed the PUMA lineup with multiple Volvo Ocean Race winners, including Brad Jackson (3), Tony Mutter (2) and Ryan Godfrey (1).
The PUMA crew clocked up a transatlantic race victory en route from their original base in Newport, Rhode Island, before spending weeks of intensive crew training in on the island of Lanzarote.
Having already sailed more than 10,000 miles together in their new boat Read and his crew look to be one of the most relaxed and confident of the six teams, a factor which Read believes is important for a crew in a 39,000 nautical mile race around the world.
“I could not be happier with the way we communicate, on the boat and off. This crew live and breathe the Volvo Ocean Race and the discussion about how to improve things and make the boat go faster never ever seems to stop.”