Team Brunel participates in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 again. After the Team Brunel success in 2014-15 Bouwe Bekking is back at the helm. It will be the 8th time he will be at the start of the race of all races and Bekking is the most experienced Volvo Ocean Race skipper ever.
Team AkzoNobel has appointed TNG Swiss Watches as official timekeeper to its campaign for the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. To commemorate the Dutch campaign, TNG has created a limited edition line collection of watches featuring the team AkzoNobel colors and logo.
The Volvo Ocean Race will switch from a 3-year to a 2-year cycle after the upcoming 2017-18 edition, a change that will provide more continuity and more commercial value for professional sailing teams, sponsors and Host Cities.
Following the 'next decade' event on 18 May, see below for more details on the race’s partnership with World Sailing and long-term commitment to the sport – plus news of a separate agreement with AkzoNobel's 'International' brand to support the Youth Academy at stopovers in 2017-18.
The Volvo Ocean Race will strengthen its historic connection with the Southern Ocean, and the tradition of racing around the world, while boosting its commercial offering to sponsors and Host Cities, by introducing radical changes to the racecourse, stopover formats and timing of future race activity.
The Volvo Ocean Race has solved the question of whether its future should be monohull or multihull – by opting for both. The introduction of a foil-assisted 60-foot (18.29 metre) monohull for the ocean legs plus an ultra-fast 32-50 foot (10-15m) flying catamaran for use inshore will elevate the race to the ultimate all-round test in professional sailing.