With 5 months remaining until teams depart on leg one of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, one team is getting started early on their training. Skippered by Rhode Island’s own Charlie Enright, Vestas 11th Hour Racing will be heading to Newport after setting sail from Lisbon this past Wednesday. They will be the first team to cross the Atlantic leading up to the official race start in October.
“The beauty of a transatlantic crossing is that it’s just long enough for you to be able to put a watch system in place and simulate a real 20+ day leg. We feel it’s a great way to kick start the campaign,” said Enright in an article posted on the official VOR website. Vestas 11th Hour Racing will also use this opportunity to try out potential crew members and to get familiar with their shiny new Volvo Ocean 65.
Of course us Rhode Islanders should be rooting for Vestas 11th Hour Racing because of hometown sailor, and skipper of the crew, Charlie Enright. Charlie competed in the last Volvo Ocean Race as the skipper for Team Alvimedica. So there’s one connection to the ocean state, but there’s also a local organization that’s in on the action. 11th Hour Racing, the co-title sponsor of the team, calls Newport home! If you don’t know who they are or what they do, 11th Hour Racing establishes strategic partnerships within the sailing and marine communities to promote collaborative systemic change for the health of our marine environment. You can learn more about them by clicking here.
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Cover photo by Amalia Infante/ Volvo Ocean Race