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19 Jun 2014, 09:26UTC

Spain is back

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By Agathe Armand
Smile, Spanish sports fans! Spain is back for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. The sixth boat in the race will be led by two of the country’s best sailors, Iker Martínez and Xabi Fernández, with one clear objective: claim their nation’s first victory.

"For our team it is an honour to have a fifth boat participating in succession" - Pedro Campos

“We’ll try to raise the Spanish flag at its highest as much as possible,” said Galician sailor and businessman Pedro Campos, the man behind this Spanish campaign.

Campos explained that Martínez and Fernández will be onboard and would be “pillars” of the Spanish challenge. The team will be announcing their title sponsor and skipper shortly.

Meanwhile, they have already taken possession of their one-design Volvo Ocean 65 in Southampton, England and are preparing the boat to be launched.

“We’re happy to see Spain’s presence again in sailing’s leading offshore race, the Volvo Ocean Race. For our team it is an honour to have a fifth boat participating in succession, a record in the history of the event,” added Campos.

“We know that it will be a very difficult edition, with all the boats identical.”

No Spanish team has won the race yet, and Martinez and Fernández have a point to prove. The Olympic gold medalists from Athens dominated the early stages of the 2011-12 edition onboard Telefónica but a broken rudder in the leg from Lisbon to Lorient ruined their hopes of overall victory that was taken by French team Groupama.

“The Spanish team has some of the most versatile and experienced sailors in the world involved,” says the race CEO Knut Frostad from the headquarters in Alicante. “I am sure they are in the race to do well.”

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Olympic sailors Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez will lead the Spanish team in the next Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.