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Team Telefónica

Dual Olympic medallist Iker Martínez will lead Team Telefónica on their third successive Volvo Ocean Race. Martínez’s crew have a long list of successes including 23 round the world races, 15 world titles and three Olympic gold medals. The team will race on board Telefónica, a third generation Volvo Open 70 designed by Juan Kouyoumdjian, which was built at the King Marine shipyard in Valencia.

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  • Master Class Oceánica Movistar en Sanxenxo, Galicia
    21 Oct 2013
    A taste of offshore racing

    If you have dreamed of sailing a Volvo Ocean Race boat with some of our past race competitors, then the Movistar Oceanic Master Classes are for you.Read more

  • Neal McDonald will bring considerable experience to Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
    10 Sep 2013
    McDonald back to give Abu Dhabi the cutting edge

    Neal McDonald is relishing his new role as performance director for the returning Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. It's a big change for the Briton after six appearances as a sailor, but one that still…Read more

  • 3 Sep 2013
    Roaring Forties, chapter 37: Swept off their feet

    The Southern Ocean conditions faced by our sailors have always been horrific but thanks to the cameras on board the modern-day boats we now get a chance to see for ourselves just what it means to take…Read more

  • Zane Gills on the bow preparing for a sail change, onboard Team Telefonica during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA.
    15 May 2013
    Gills getting muddy for a very good cause

    Even on solid ground, Zane Gills is drawn to events billed as ‘The World’s Toughest’ and the Tasmanian Telefónica veteran is about to get his biggest test since the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 in…Read more

  • Damien Foxall from Ireland, onboard Groupama Sailing Team during leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa.
    3 May 2013
    Foxall, McDonald enjoy reunion show

    They sailed in the Volvo Ocean Race together twice and enjoyed a fierce yet friendly rivalry in the last edition. Now, Damian Foxall and Neal McDonald are reunited on board another race veteran’s…Read more

  • Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain, sailing down the Tagus River, at the start of leg 8 from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.
    7 Apr 2013
    First hand tales of Life at the Extreme

    How do the world's best sailors deal with the extreme conditions and psychological hardships that confront them every day at sea in the Volvo Ocean Race? Around 3,000 young people will get a gripping…Read more

  • The MAPFRE team featuring former Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez and sailing in the team’s old Volvo Open 70 are doing a record attempt on the Christopher Columbus 'Discovery of the Americas' Route.

    6 Feb 2013
    MAPFRE eye Columbus route record

A MAPFRE team featuring former Telefónica skipper Iker Martínez and sailing in the team’s old Volvo Open 70 are poised to begin their attempt at a new record for the Christopher Columbus…Read more

  • Telefónica blue boat now with the colours of Mapfre
    9 Jan 2013
    Gold medallist on board for MAPFRE record bid

    Spanish Olympic gold medallist Fernando Echávarri will join the MAPFRE team on board the rebranded Volvo Open 70 sailed by Team Telefónica in the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race as they attempt…Read more

  • Pedro Campos, CEO of Team Telefónica in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.
    21 Dec 2012
    Campos gives thumbs up to one design

    The decision to build the new One Design boat for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race has won the backing of Team Telefónica chief Pedro Campos.Read more

  • 3 Dec 2012
    “Disgusting food, lack of sleep and bad smells, yet I want to do the Volvo Ocean Race again” – Fructuoso

    During his entertaining lecture at the Museo Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante last Saturday, Diego Fructuoso described the extreme conditions he encountered as Team Telefónica’s MCM in the last edition…Read more

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  • Iker Martínez, skipper of Team Telefónica. Skipper
    Iker Martinez
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    Iker Martínez, skipper of Team Telefónica.
    Iker Martinez
    Date of Birth: 16/05/1977
    • 2 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    • 2 Olympic Medals
    1. An Olympic gold and silver medallist with Xabi Fernández, Martínez is back for his third experience in the Volvo Ocean Race. He was a tactician in the in-port races in 2005-06 and was co-skipper on Telefónica Blue in the last race, helping the team take third place overall. Born in San Sebastian in the Basque country, he was named, along with Fernández, ISAF Sailor of the Year shortly after the start of the first leg in the current edition.

  • Andrew Cape
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    Andrew Cape from Australia. Navigator for Team Telefonica.
    Andrew Cape
    Date of Birth: 28/06/1962
    • 4 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    1. Capey, as he is universally known, won the America’s Cup with Alinghi in 2003 and took honours in the Sydney-Hobart race no fewer than five times. Born in Melbourne, the major prize absent from his resume is the Volvo Ocean Race, after appearances on board Tokyo in 1993-94, Toshiba in 1997-98, movistar and later Ericsson in 2005-06 and PUMA last time out. 

  • Antonio Cuervas-Mons
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    Antonio Cuervas-Mons from Spain. Bowman for Team Telefonica.
    Antonio Cuervas-Mons
    Date of Birth: 22/12/1981
    • 1 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    1. Known to everyone as Ñeti, the Santander Royal Yacht Club member is one of the under-30s in the team. He was pitman and bowman on Telefónica Black in the last race, enjoying victory on the final leg from Stockholm to St. Petersburg. He has also raced on the Audi MedCup circuit with Bribón, the programme which boasted King Juan Carlos of Spain as its skipper and patron.

  • Diego Fructuoso
    Onboard Media Crew Member Read more
    Diego Fructuoso from Spain. Media Crew Member for Team Telefonica.
    Diego Fructuoso
    Media Crew Member
    Date of Birth: 06/10/1981
    1. Telefónica’s MCM has a strong background in sailing, having raced on Telefónica Blue during the Round Britain and Ireland Race. He managed to juggle his preparation for the role of multimedia reporter with getting married just before the start.

  • João Signorini
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    Joao Signorini from Brasil. Watch Leader for Team Telefonica.
    João Signorini
    Watch Leader
    Date of Birth: 22/07/1977
    • 2 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    1. Signorini, nicknamed Joca, started sailing around the Ilha Grande to the west of Rio de Janeiro at the age of seven. The only Brazilian sailor in the current race, he made his Volvo debut in 2005 on Brasil 1 and he sailed with Torben Grael again on the winning Ericsson 4 in 2008-09.

  • Jordi Calafat
    Onboard Helmsman / Trimmer Read more
    Jordi Calafat from Spain. Helmsman-Sail Coordinator for Team Telefonica.
    Jordi Calafat
    Helmsman / Trimmer
    Date of Birth: 24/06/1968
    • 1 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    • 1 Olympic Medals
    1. The man from Palma de Mallorca was part of Spain’s golden sporting generation, winning top honours at the country’s home Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. Calafat, who has four children, has also tasted victory in the America’s Cup, with Alinghi in 2007, and sailed with Telefónica Blue in his only previous appearance in the Volvo Ocean Race in 2008-09.

  • Neal McDonald
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    Neal McDonald from the UK. Watch Leader for Team Telefonica.
    United Kingdom
    Neal McDonald
    Watch Leader
    Date of Birth: 22/07/1963
    • 5 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    1. A sailor since the age of six, the Brighton-born McDonald competed in the Olympics in 1988 and America’s Cups in 1995 and 2007. His first, short-lived, Volvo Ocean Race experience came in 1993-94 on the Maxi Fortuna, before the mizzen mast fell down, and he went on to compete in 1997-98 (Silk Cut), 2001-02 (Assa Abloy, as skipper from Leg 2 onwards), 2005-06 (Ericsson, skipper) and 2008-9 (Green Dragon). He is married to Lisa McDonald, who competed in two editions, with EF Education in 1997-98 and Amer Sports Too in 2001-02.

  • Pablo Arrarte
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    Pablo Arrarte from Spain. Helmsman for Team Telefonica.
    Pablo Arrarte
    Date of Birth: 11/11/1980
    • 1 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    1. Arrarte, from the northern province of Santander, is one of the three under-30s on the team. He made his Volvo Ocean Race debut on Telefónica Blue last time out, having competed in the Athens Olympics in 2004. Known to his team mates as Patán, he celebrated his birthday during Leg 1, on 11.11.11. with a gift of chocolate from the crew.

  • Pepe Ribes
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    Pepe Ribes from Spain. Boat Captain for Team Telefonica.
    Pepe Ribes
    Boat Captain
    Date of Birth: 19/06/1971
    • 3 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    1. Born in Alicante, now the race’s home, Ribes is an experienced boat builder with three previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race to his credit. His first was with Amer Sports One in 2001-02 and he went on to sail with Movistar and Telefónica Blue in the last two editions. Before the current race, he became an ambassador to the Felix Mantilla Skin Cancer foundation with the aim of spreading awareness about the problem in the sailing world and beyond.

  • Xabi Fernandez
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    Xabier Fernández from Spain. Trimmer for Team Telefonica.
    Xabi Fernandez
    Date of Birth: 19/10/1976
    • 2 Previous Volvo Ocean Races
    • 2 Olympic Medals
    1. Fernández has sailed with his current skipper and fellow Basque Iker Martínez since 1999, when they got together in the 49er Olympic class. Since then they have won gold medals at the Sydney Games and silver in Beijing, and while their focus is very much on the Volvo Ocean Race they may yet be back for another Olympic campaign in London. Like Martínez, Fernández was part of the 2005-06 and 2008-09 Volvos and received word of their ISAF Sailor of the Year award during Leg 1.

  • Zane Gills
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    Zane Gills from New Zealand. Bowman for Team Telefonica.
    Zane Gills
    Date of Birth: 03/03/1983
    1. One of the under-30s on board, Gills was born in Tasmania and is competing in the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time. “The new rule is perfect for giving us young ones the chance to break-in and learn," he said in a pre-race interview. "Without the rule I wouldn't be here." One of his main achievements in sailing to date has been in setting the monohull record in the Fastnet with ICAP Leopard in 2007, before it was broken by Abu Dhabi in 2011.