Published: Friday, 18 September 2015

The Volvo Ocean Race returns to centre stage less than three months after the finish of the 2014-15 edition when it brings its special brand of exciting racing, shows and public events to the Genoa Boat Show (Sept 30-Oct 5).

Volvo Ocean Race To Appear At Genoa Boat Show

(Photo: Davide Gentile / Salone Nautico di Genova)

Team SCA and Team Vestas Wind will go head-to-head again on a series of Pro-Am races (Sept 30-Oct 2), and will then be starring in the traditional Genoa Boat Show fleet race.

The Genoa Boat Show will offer a rare chance out of race-time for the fans and visitors to see the ocean racers sail just metres from the city's seafront and meet some of the sailors.

Team Vestas Wind will sail in Genoa under Chris Nicholson as skipper and Nicolai Sehested as Boat Captain. Returning with the sailors is local Italian sailor Alberto Bolzan and Volvo Ocean Race veteran, Phil Harmer.

Having reached the end of his first Volvo Ocean Race in June, young Danish sailor Sehested has been busy participating in several high-level sailing competitions, motivating him to re-join his Volvo Ocean Race crew and sponsor, Vestas, for more exhilarating sailing in the team’s Volvo Ocean 65.

“The experience gained with Team Vestas Wind is unforgettable – a bittersweet tale of hard work and team effort with a positive conclusion,” says Sehested.“ I felt proud of what we all achieved, both onboard the blue boat and behind the scenes. I have grown as a professional sailor and as a person, and I’m delighted to be going back to Genoa with some world-class sailors and friends, representing Vestas and giving something back to our Italian fans.”

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(Photo: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race)

Libby Greenhalgh, British navigator of Team SCA, will help lead a team from the women’s crew against Nicholson, Sehested and the rest of the Team Vestas Wind line-up.

"Eight crew from the Team SCA squad will be in Genoa and we are all looking forward to whatever new opportunities come our way, while continuing to promote women both in the Volvo Ocean Race and in the wider sport of sailing,” says Greenhalgh.

The Genoa Boat Show will also give the visitors the opportunity to visit the Cross Section, a full size, and completely equipped Volvo Ocean 65 half model.

They will get a real taste of what it’s like to be inside one of the world's fastest and most powerful offshore boats. The Cross Section was one of the most popular attractions during the nine-month event, which finished on June 27, with nearly half a million people 'jumping on board'.

The public will also be captivated by the shows in the Dome cinema, a huge structure that hosts a movie theatre showing high definition videos on the race and life at sea.

Volvo Ocean Race To Appear At Genoa Boat Show

(Photo: Volvo Ocean 65)

Fans will also have the opportunity to meet the sailors and the race organisers during a Q&A event at the Teatro del Mare, and on weekend days (October 3-4), the two boats will be open to the public for guided tours.

The Genoa Boat show will also showcase Italian excellence in the international sail racing and marine industry.

Leading the way in Genoa will be Alberto Bolzan, the only Italian sailor to take part in the 2014-15 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race as helmsman and tactician on Turkish/American flagged Team Alvimedica.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting some of our fans at this wonderful show,” says Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. “Italy has always been a massive supporter of the race and we’re delighted to be bringing a real taste of it to their waters.”