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The Teams 

Seven teams have confirmed participation in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, the eight month gruelling marathon around the globe across 45,000 nautical miles.

Team AkzoNobel 

Team AkzoNobel is a brand-new Dutch ocean racing team led by skipper Simeon Tienpont and backed by leading global paints and coatings company, AkzoNobel.

Team Brunel 

No one has sailed more miles in the Volvo Ocean Race than Team Brunel skipper Bekking, who made his first appearance as a crew member on Philips Innovator back in 1985-86.

Dongfeng Race Team 

Dongfeng Race Team are back for a second shot at the Volvo Ocean Race under inspirational French skipper Charles Caudrelier, after far exceeding expectations with a podium finish in 2014-15.

MAPFRE 

MAPFRE return to the Volvo Ocean Race and their goal could not be clearer – to win the Volvo Ocean Race trophy for the first time in Spain’s history.

Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag 

Representing Hong Kong, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag are led by experienced heavy weather sailor David Witt and go into the race with an added goal to promote competitive sailing in Asia, while building a long-lasting youth sailing legacy.

Turn the Tide on Plastic 

Turn the Tide on Plastic is a mixed, youth focused team with a strong sustainability message, led by Britain’s Dee Caffari. The campaign, backed by the principle sustainability partner the Mirpuri Foundation, and Ocean Family Foundation, is dedicated to the issue of ocean health.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing 

Vestas are back in the Volvo Ocean Race after their against-the-odds comeback story in 2014-15. This time, their campaign is being run in full partnership with 11th Hour Racing, a programme of The Schmidt Family Foundation working to implement real change on marine health.