2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race

 Alvimedica11It has been an exciting year for local sailor Charlie Enright.  His public announcement in January of this year that he, along with friend Mark Towill, would be partnering with young Turkish medical technologies company Alvimedica for a campaign in the 2014-2015 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race earned him a prominent seat in the forefront of sailing media.  American sailors and under 30s, along with dark horses of various other shapes and sizes begun to follow team Alvimedica as they set out on their journey to the esteemed race around the world.

With almost half of the crew competing in their first Volvo Ocean Race, onlookers have been eager to watch closely as Charlie and Alvimedica work to tear down the stigma surrounding youth and inexperience.  In a recent interview, Charlie told Scuttlebutt, “We are good sailors with an understanding of the skills under our belts, and a reasonable understanding of what is ahead of us.  We are positive, hungry for this experience, and willing to learn as we go.”

The in-port race in Alicante, Spain on October 4 bore striking resemblance to any other one-design fleet race.  After many lead changes and seriously tight racing all-around, Alvimedica crossed the finish line with a comfortable lead.  Sponsors and supporters everywhere breathed a long-awaited sigh of relief as the boys proved that they may, after all, have what it takes to give the old guys a run for their money in this race.  You can certainly color me convinced.

Click here to follow the Volvo Ocean Race, as seven teams compete over the next several months on each of the nine legs.