Mapfre back for Volvo Ocean Race challenge 2017-18
Published: Friday, 03 February 2017
The Spanish team Mapfre will be back in the battle of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18.
(Photos: Ainhoa Sanchez, Francisco Vignale / Volvo Ocean Race)
Mapfre, backed by the Madrid-based global insurance company, is the third confirmed entry for sailing’s toughest team event, which starts from Alicante on Sunday Oct 22 and will take the teams on a 45,000-nautical mile route around the world. Dongfeng Race Team and team AkzoNobel announced their campaigns last year.
In the last edition in 2014-15, Mapfre won the leg into Auckland, New Zealand and grabbed three more podium finishes. Its return is testament to the success of the project both on the sporting and commercial side.
“It’s an honour for Mapfre to be on the start line again in one of the most demanding competitions in world sport. We really value being involved in a sailing competition around the world that represents the same values that define us as a company,” says Mapfre President Antonio Huertas. “Our experience in the last edition, with a great team of professionals, committed and determined to do well in this race, was very positive. Additionally, the Volvo Ocean Race will have stopovers in some of our main markets, such as Spain, Brazil and the United States, and we will therefore increase brand awareness of Mapfre at an international level.”
Spain’s Pedro Campos will again oversee the Mapfre project, with announcements on the Skipper and crew to come in the near future.
Spanish boats have competed in eight of the previous 12 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race – formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race – but the country is still looking for a first win.
“It’s fantastic news to be able to confirm a Spanish team for the next edition, and of course great to see another sponsor return to the race after a successful campaign,” says Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner. “With Alicante recently confirmed as the start for the next three editions, and Spain having played a significant role in the history of the race in general, it will be great to see Spanish fans lined up again on the dock in October to cheer on their team Mapfre.”
Spanish sailor Campos has an unbroken history with the race dating back to the movistar campaign in 2005-06.
“We are very grateful and proud to have the full support of Mapfre once again for the great adventure that is the Volvo Ocean Race, probably the longest, hardest, and most extreme event in the sports world. Just taking part in it, it’s a big goal for every team. To be on start line from Alicante with a chance to try to win – that is our first big challenge and our job for the next months,” says Team Mapfre CEO Pedro Campos.
From the start in Alicante on Oct 22, the teams will race their one-design Volvo Ocean 65s on a route that calls in at Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport (Rhode Island), Cardiff and Gothenburg before the finish in The Hague.