Swedish duo take helm at the Volvo Ocean Race

Swedish duo take helm at the Volvo Ocean Race

Richard Brisius and Johan Salén have been appointed as president and co-president of sailing’s Volvo Ocean Race.

The two veterans of the eight-month, round-the-world event will take over from outgoing chief executive Mark Turner, whose departure was confirmed in September.

Brisius and Salén, co-founders of the Atlant Ocean Racing team, take the helm having worked in various roles on seven previous editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The pair have won the event twice - with EF Language in 1997-98 and Ericsson 4 in 2008-09 - and most recently managed Team SCA, an all-female entry, in the last edition of the race.

“It’s an honour to be involved with my friends in the Volvo Ocean Race again,” said Brisius, who will retain his role spearheading Sweden’s bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics alongside his new post. “The race is at the very heart of the sport of sailing and it has formed the backbone of so much of my life.”

Salén added: “Looking forward, it is clear we need to work closely with Volvo and all stakeholders, including future teams, sailors and commercial partners, to create something even greater for the future.

“I know that process is already underway with the existing leadership team. We all know the importance of setting a clear roadmap for the future in terms of event timing and class of boat as well as the commercial offering.”

Besides the departing Turner, who succeeded Knut Frostad as chief executive in 2016, the current Volvo Ocean Race leadership team will remain in their roles, working alongside Brisius and Salén.

The ongoing 2017/18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which covers 45,000 nautical miles, began in Alicante, Spain last month. The seven competing teams are currently in the midst of leg two, a gruelling run south from Lisbon to Cape Town.