Meet the announced teams
The one-design concept introduced in June 2012 is all about broadening the platform for entry to the world's toughest offshore race and helping to increase the size of the fleet – without sacrificing the quality of this unique event.
The all-female Team SCA were the first to announce their participation in the 2014-15 edition. Backed by SCA, the global hygiene and forest products company, they will be the first all-women's team to compete in the race since 2001-02. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were the second team to enter the race and once again feature Britain's twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker as skipper. The third team come from China – Dongfeng Race Team, backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and run by leading sailing promotion company OC Sport. Skippered by race veteran Bouwe Bekking, Team Brunel from the Netherlands are the fourth entry to confirm participation.
For forthcoming editions, the changes mean more emphasis will be on the racing out on the water. Winning the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race will depend, as always, on each team's levels of skill, endurance and effort as they tackle what is a monumental challenge.
Download the case study of return of investment for teams in the race. (17mb PDF)