Meet the teams of 2017-18
Our race is all about the people bold enough to compete in it. Discover our teams for next edition!
Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be contested over the longest distance in race history at around 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and taking in 12 major Host Cities on six continents.
Over 15 months before the start of the 2017-18 edition, Team AkzoNobel, a Dutch campaign led by first-time skipper Simeon Tienpont (NED), announced their entry into the race.
The second team to join the fleet were China's Dongfeng Race Team, returning for a second consecutive race, with French skipper Charles Caudrelier once again at the helm following a podium finish in 2014-15.
MAPFRE, backed by the Madrid-based global insurance company, announced that they would compete in the race for a second consecutive edition. Pedro Campos is overseeing the campaign and will announce a skipper shortly.
With boats 7 and 8 likely to be undergoing the stringent re-fit process at the Boatyard in Lisbon until around May/June 2017, the full fleet is unlikely to be announced before the summer.
The one-design concept has reduced the need for teams to begin their campaigns as early as in previous editions. There is no reason why a campaign getting off the ground just a couple of months before the race can't go on and win the trophy.
Find out about the teams from the last race here.