Team Brasil 1 can now definitely take part in the next Volvo Ocean Race (starting November 5, 2005 in Sanxenxo / Galicia). It is supported in its project by Vivo, the largest mobile communications company in the South American country.
"After reaching the top in short-course sailing, I now want to achieve the same in ocean sailing," said the future helmsman of the team Torben Grael, who won gold in the Star boat in Athens a few weeks ago. The team is led by former star world champion Alan Adler and marketing expert Enio Ribeiro. The Brazilian boat is being constructed by Farr Yacht Design. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly at the ML Boatworks shipyard near Sao Paulo.
"We are experiencing exciting times right now," said Glenn Bourke, chief organizer of the Volvo Ocean Race, delighted with the final commitment from the Brazilians. "The message from the South Americans will very likely be followed by a few more in the next few weeks, including from a European team that operates from the US."
Bourke has not yet been able to tell the YACHT which team is involved and whether German sailors or business people are involved. In any case, after initial teething problems, he now thinks he is in "a very strong position" and is convinced that he will bring more ships to the starting line in 2005 than in the last Volvo Ocean Race - in which the "illbruck" prevailed against seven competitors was the case. At least more than ten teams have delivered the approximately 2500 euros preliminary entry fee to the organizers.