Clean Report – As we mentioned when we broke the exclusive news that a true blue US team was back in the VOR, we were going to leave a little to the imagination about some of the moving parts of the new team. Both title sponsors were extremely sensitive about their message and branding were presented at the right time, which is tomorrow (Tuesday) at an 0930 press conference at Sail Newport. With all those months of secrecy amid toothy nondisclosure efforts, it was something of a surprise to see the well-guarded name of the new team – including both organizations behind it – pop up on Facebook the day before the big, live reveal… For the rest of the story from Sailing Anarchy CLICK HERE!
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Last year was an unforgettable one for the rookie Team Alvimedica duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, who completed their first ever Volvo Ocean Race in style, rounding Cape Horn in first place and winning the final leg into Gothenburg.
And, just over a week into 2016, they’ve already agreed a title sponsor for the next 12 months, announcing the launch of their new racing team, 55 South, and partnership with environmental and sustainability organization, 11th Hour Racing.
But, though many assumed that this signalled confirmation of another Volvo Ocean Race challenge for the young Americans, Charlie and Mark explain that there’s still a long way to go before they’re back on the start line come November 2017.
Reflect a little on the journey you both have taken from rookies in the Volvo Ocean Race to finishing the 2014-15 edition in such style, winning that last leg into Gothenburg last June.
Mark: If you think back to where we were three years ago, we’ve certainly come a long way. Just between the whole sponsorship fund-raising process and then once we met Alvimedica, creating the team and setting up the infrastructure, the training and then the eventual race including so many highlights like winning the Alicante In-Port Race, sailing first through Cape Horn and winning the last leg.
For us, it took the entire experience over the past three years to really figure out what it takes to be successful in the event. It really feels like unfinished business – we’d like to have another crack at the race, to apply all that learning and really have a competitive go at a podium finish. I’m 27 now so I’ll still be an under 30 at the time for the next race.
Charlie (who is now 31, adds joking): Oh, I’ll be over the hill!
How much of a learning experience was that last edition for you? Was it tougher than you thought?
Charlie: We kinda went into it with eyes wide open. We didn’t really have expectations. With something like that it’s hard to hazard a guess as to what you’re going to experience so we just tried to keep an open mind and continue to learn and improve with every leg.
As sailors, do you feel that you’re now different guys now than before the race or was this a question of simply honing your skills?
Charlie: Both. We were honing our skills over the course of the race but we certainly know more now than when we started this whole thing. There’s no substitute for experience. We look back and we’re proud of the things we accomplished, most certainly, but there were other things that we say, ‘wow, we can’t believe that we even thought that was a good idea at all’. But that just comes with learning. – Read on
Following their Team Alvimedica campaign in the last Volvo Ocean Race, Charlie Enright and Mark Towill have formed a new racing team, 55 South.
Two years ago, Americans Charlie Enright and Mark Towill were just 29 and 26 years respectively when they launched their 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race campaign. Leading the Team Alvimedica crew, the two upstarts had made it into the big leagues, but they had little interest in being one-hit wonders. So when the the race ended in June, the echo of ‘what’s next?’ was deafening. Now we now.
The duo have announced the formation of their new racing team, 55 South. Enright and Towill will train and race under 55 South as they work toward their ultimate goal of returning to the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18.
Joining them for 2016 is the sustainability organization, 11th Hour Racing, which is based in Newport, Rhode Island. The newly formed team will compete in 2016 as 55 South – 11th Hour Racing and aim to set the example for a more responsible relationship with energy and water resources in the sport of sailing.
As Team Alvimedica, Enright and Towill were the first to round Cape Horn, considered to be one of the most remote and iconic places on the planet. Now committed to return to the 2017-18 edition, they are using that moment as motivation. Cape Horn is at Latitude 55 degrees South.
During their last campaign, both Enright and Towill became acutely aware of the significant amount of marine debris they saw around the globe. Together with 2016 title sponsor 11th Hour Racing, 55 South will use their racing as a platform to promote environmental sustainability amongst sailors, clubs and events, and across the marine industry. – Read on
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Portsmouth, RI (September 17, 2015) – Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, the youngest contestants and leaders of the American entry in the 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race, will share the inside story of their first around-the-world campaign as featured presenters at the Sailing Leadership Forum 2016, hosted by US Sailing at the Hilton San Diego Resort on February 4-6. The pair will discuss the partnerships they made, resources they utilized, how they built the team, and the many lessons learned throughout their journey.
As the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 completed its final event, the Gothenburg Inmarsat In-Port Race on June 27, it drew to a close the nine-month journey for the young Team Alvimedica that exceeded expectations with an impressive debut in sailing’s premier ocean race.
American skipper Charlie Enright, 30, of Bristol, RI, USA, the youngest skipper in the fleet, along with team co-founder Mark Towill, 26, of Kanehoe, HI, led the young team to exceed performance expectations over the course of the nine-month, 10-stage race around the world.
The team’s achievements included winning the final leg of the race into Gothenburg, two In-Port victories, nine podium finishes (four offshore and five in-port) and first to Cape Horn, the iconic landmark for offshore sailors.
“When we started this we had the most to learn,” Enright said. “We were the least experienced team and that was no secret. You can do your homework and you can go over everything that people tell you about what this race is like, but there’s nothing that prepares you better than actually doing it. It’s been a long journey.”
Enright credits Australian navigator Will Oxley with fast-forwarding the team’s knowledge base. “He’s kind of professorial in a way. He likes to bestow knowledge on others. At times, we were soaking it up as fast as he could dish it out. At times it took a little bit longer to process. I think that’s the nature of our team. We’ve put together a great team and it was always going to be the strength of our team that helped us be competitive.”
Towill was just 18 when he met Enright as a fellow sailor in the Disney film, Morning Light, a documentary that followed the training and participation of a young team in the 2007 Transpac Race. The pair also went to Brown University together and continued to pursue their shared dream to compete in the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team was announced in early 2014 and the race crew announced less than a year ago.
“We’re proud of the team that we put together,” Enright reflected.” We made the least number of crew substitutions throughout the course of the race. We had one very choreographed change for the Southern Ocean Leg (bringing on race veteran Stu Bannatyne of New Zealand). Other than that it’s been the same players and we’ve improved together and we’ve grown as a group. It’s interesting in a way, we feel like NOW we’re ready to sail around the world. Which is a little ironic – 40,000 miles later.”
Towill says this team provides the foundation for a future campaign in the next Volvo Ocean Race. “It’s a real testament to our team about how far we’ve come. We started off in Alicante with no real expectation as the underdogs. We proved we can hang with the best and it says a lot about our future in this race.”
Brad Read, Sail Newport Executive Director and head of the North American stopover of the race, express the pride he has for the hometown team. “Throughout the process of sailing and learning and having an open mind, they’ve evolved as a team as you would expect, as you would hope,” Read said of Team Alvimedica. “We’re all really proud of the leadership that Mark Towill and Charlie put into the race to make this team not only get around the world safely, but compete at the highest level of the sport.”
Team Alvimedica race crew: Alberto Bolzan, 33, (ITA); Nick Dana, 29, (Newport, RI, USA); Charlie Enright, 30, (Bristol, RI, USA); Ryan Houston, 32, (NZL); Sebastien Marsset, 30, (Lorient, FRA); Will Oxley, 50, (AUS); Dave Swete, 30, (NZL); Mark Towill, 26, (Kanehoe, HI, USA); and Onboard Reporter Amory Ross, 30, (Newport, RI, USA).
Team Alvimedica Shore and Support Team: Nate Campbell (Boat-Builder), Jane Eagleson (Communications), Bill Erkelens (COO), Cristina Femenia (Hospitality), Chris Higgins (Shore Team Manager), Toby Ingrey (Rigger), Marta Lobato (Logistics), Anderson Reggio (Navigation Support), Andrea Tagliamacco (Marketing), Kristi Wilson (Digital Content Manager), Paul Wilson (Physiotherapist).
Team Alvimedica is the youngest entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015, the world’s toughest and longest sporting event. The crew is led by American skipper Charlie Enright, age 30. Alvimedica, the European based medical devices company, is the team’s owner. Founded in 2007, Alvimedica is a fast growing challenger in the global field of interventional cardiology, committed to developing minimally-invasive technologies. This is the team’s first entry in the extremely challenging 39,000-mile race that started October 11, 2014 from Alicante, Spain and features stopovers in 11 ports around the world.
Newport, RI (May 12, 2015)- Monday afternoon Charlie Enright received the 2014 Hugh Kilmer Trophy from the Storm Trysail Club at the New York Yacht Club, Harbour Court. Commodore Lee Reichert presented the award for outstanding seamanship for their role in the rescue of the Team Vestas crew last November during Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi. The Alvimedica crew stood-by for approximately 9 hours when Team Vestas was grounded on a reef in the Indian Ocean. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session with Charlie and navigator Will Oxley. Click headline for full story.
Ocean Summit: A growing catastrophe
Alicante, Spain (April 23, 2015) – The Ocean Summit on Marine Debris during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, next month has attracted a stellar list of expert speakers to bring attention to a ‘growing catastrophe’.
The summit will take place on May 15, and is sponsored by Volvo Group, The Embassy of Sweden, the U.S. State Department, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Sail Newport, which is hosting the stopover.
Among the speakers will be Team Alvimedica skipper, Charlie Enright, who has seen for himself the trash which has been dumped in the oceans on the route of the 38,739-nautical mile round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race.
“Our oceans are our race courses and, for the better part of this last year, they’ve been my home. You don’t leave pallets, nets, and plastic bottles lying around your home, so why should we leave them in the ocean?” said Enright.
Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race and a four-time competitor, said he is increasingly concerned about the problem, which has grown significantly since he first contested the event in the early 1990s.
“Our biggest challenge in fighting the pollution of the oceans is ignorance. I am honoured to be part of the Ocean Summit to help bring more attention to a growing catastrophe that is the responsibility of all of us to reverse,” he said.
“Marine debris is a significant problem that has a direct impact on oceans, aquatic life and ultimately human health,” added Henry Sténson, executive vice president of Corporate Communications and Sustainability Affairs for the Volvo Group.
“One of the core values of the Volvo Group is environmental care, and we are pleased to be one of the sponsors of the Ocean Summit on Marine Debris in order to help bring attention to this important global environmental issue.” Click headline for full story.