2017-10-05 / Around Town

On the Horizon

Volvo Ocean Race Begins Journey to Newport

With just over two weeks to go before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on Oct. 22, teams are in full preparation mode for the first 700-nautical mile leg from Alicante, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal. This will be the fourth time that Alicante has served as host city for the start of the race.

Prior to the first leg of the 45,000-nautical mile trip around the world, the seven competing teams will take part in the In-Port racing on Oct. 14.

Competing are Team AkzoNobel, Dongfeng Race Team, Mapfre, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Sun Hung Kai Scallywag, Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Brunel. All have called Lisbon home for the last few months as they work out of the official VOR Boatyard. Teams have spent time training both on and off the water as they prepare to embark on the race of a lifetime.

Local sailor Nick Dana will be lining up for his fourth Volvo Ocean Race and will team once again with fellow Narragansett Bay sailor

Charlie Enright on Vestas 11th Hour Racing. Dana will be one of three Americans on board the 65- foot one design monohull, with the rest of the crew coming from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Great Britain and Denmark.

A veteran of three Volvo Ocean Race campaigns, Dana first competed in the 2008-09 event with the Puma team as shore crew. Later, he was the media crew member aboard Abu Dhabi for the 2011-12 race. Prior to that, he was the boat captain responsible for getting the Puma Volvo 70 to Abu Dhabi to be used for crew training. Along with his Abu Dhabi crew mates, they finished fifth in 2012.

For the 2014-15 race, Dana and Enright were aboard Volvo 65 Alvimedica, with Dana again filling the role of boat captain and also looking after the bowman's duties.

You can keep up with the teams as they make their way toward Newport for the May 2018 stopover by going to volvooceanrace.com.

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