An American team backed by a Turkish medical devices company has become the fifth confirmed entry for the next Volvo Ocean Race, which gets underway later this year.
All-American Ocean Racing, based in Newport, one of the US stopovers on the 2014/15 round-the-world race, have formed Team Alvimedica to compete in the event.
All-American Ocean Racing has been created by sailors Mark Towill and Charlie Enright, who have appointed Bill Erlekens as chief executive of the project. Towill and Enright will both be aboard the boat, with the latter taking the role of skipper.
“This is one of the most exciting new teams I've seen since I’ve started this job,” said Volvo Ocean Race chief executive Knut Frostad.
“Team Alvimedica is everything I have dreamed of since 2008 when I joined the race management: young people taking the initiative to start a project."
Alvimerica's chief executive Cem Bozkurt added: "As a young company we have a tremendous ambition in the global market. We have the same targets in sailing as well.
“Volvo Ocean Race is a rapid and dynamic event which utilises the latest technology, just like Alvimedica. We are proud to have the Turkish flag for the first time on an entry of the most challenging sailing event in the world."
The Alvimedica team will line up alongside the all-female Team SCA, the Abu Dhabi Racing Team, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Brunel in the 2014/15 race, which begins in October. It will be the first edition of the race to feature a single-design boat.