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Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 – Meet All Teams

Volvo Ocean Race Chief Executive, Knut Frostad, said “The level of competition has never been higher.” The following teams are participating on the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Meet the Teams:


Groupama Sailing Team

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 TEAM-Groupama French offshore legend Franck Cammas and his long-term sponsor Groupama will compete in the next two editions of the Race in a boat designed by two-time race winner Juan Kouyoumdjian.

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Franck Cammas – Skipper

  • Brad Marsh – Bowman / Rigger
  • Charles Caudrelier – Helmsman / Trimmer / Navigator
  • Damian Foxall – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Erwan Israël – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Jacques Caraës – Media Crew Member
  • Jean-Luc Nélias – Navigator
  • Magnus Woxén – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Martin Krite – Bowman / Boat Captain
  • Martin Strömberg – Pitman / Trimmer
  • Phil Harmer – Helmsman / Trimmer / Pitman
  • Sébastien Marsset – Pitman / Trimmer
  • Thomas Coville – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Yann Riou – Media Crew Member

PUMA Ocean Racing

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 TEAM-Puma PUMA Ocean Racing, which turned heads on and off the water in the 2008-09 race, has returned for the next edition, again under the leadership of Ken Read.

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Ken Read – Skipper

  • Arden Oksanen – Media Crew Member
  • Brad Jackson – Watch Captain
  • Casey Smith – Bowman
  • Jono Swain – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Kelvin Harrap – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Michi Mueller – Bowman
  • Rome Kirby – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Ryan Godfrey – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Tom Addis – Navigator
  • Tony Mutter – Watch Captain


Team Telefónica

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 TEAM-TelefonicaThe Spanish team “Telefónica”, with skipper double Olympic medallist and runner-up in the double handed, non-stop round the world challenge, Iker Martínez, will be taking on the Volvo Ocean Race for the third time in a boat from the latest generation of designs by Juan Kouyoumdjian and built in Spain by the King Marine shipyard in Valencia.

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Iker Martinez – Skipper

  • Andrew Cape – Navigator
  • Antonio Cuervas-Mons – Bowman
  • Diego Fructuoso – Media Crew Member
  • João Signorini – Watch Leader
  • Jordi Calafat – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Neal McDonald – Watch Captain
  • Pablo Arrarte – Helmsman
  • Pepe Ribes – Boat Captain
  • Xabi Fernandez – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Zane Gills – Bowman
  • Horacio Carabelli – Technical Director

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Team

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 TEAM-AbuDhabiThe UAE entry has recruited a strong and experienced crew that includes a core of Volvo veterans and a UAE national, led by double Olympic medallist and 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race skipper, Ian Walker.

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Ian Walker – Skipper

  • Adil Khalid – UAE Crew Member
  • Andrew Lewis – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Butti Al Muhairi – UAE Crew Member
  • Craig Satterthwaite – Watch Captain
  • Julian Salter – Navigator
  • Justin Ferris – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Justin Slattery – Bowman
  • Nick Dana – Media Crew Member
  • Paul Willcox – Reserve Race Team
  • Robert Greenhalgh – Watch Leader
  • Simon Fisher – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Wade Morgan – Bowman


CAMPER New Zealand

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 TEAM-Camper
Spanish footwear brand Camper is collaborating with Emirates Team New Zealand to manage their first Volvo Ocean Race campaign. Principal designer Marcelino Botin and the build team at Cookson Boats will provide the boat and with a number of seasoned round-the-world sailors onboard, this team must rank as one of the favourites.

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Chris Nicholson – Skipper

  • Adam Minoprio – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Andrew McLean – Pitman / Trimmer
  • Daryl Wislang – Bowman / Sailmaker
  • Hamish Hooper – Media Crew Member
  • Mike Pammenter – Bowman / Boat Captain
  • Rob Salthouse – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Roberto Bermudez de Castro – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Stuart Bannatyne – Watch Captain
  • Tony Rae – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Will Oxley – Navigator
  • Neil Cox Shore – Manager
  • Roger Badham – Meteorologist

Team Sanya, China

Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 TEAM-Sanya
Chinese entry Team Sanya will be looking to stamp their mark on the race, with Volvo Ocean Race veteran and two-time winner Mike Sanderson as skipper and a mixture of experienced sailors and raw Chinese members.

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Mike Sanderson – Skipper

  • Aksel Magdahl – Navigator
  • Andy Meiklejohn – Bowman
  • Cameron Dunn – Watch Leader
  • Chris Main – Watch Leader
  • David Swete – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Frankie Leonard – Media Crew Member
  • Richard Mason – Helmsman / Trimmer
  • Ryan Houston – Bowman


Spanish Team 2

Second confidential entry, to be announced in the near future.
Skipper: To be confirmed




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