Team Telefónica announce their participation in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12
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Pedro Campos’ team is back for the Volvo for the third consecutive time. The latest generation Volvo Open 70, to be called “Telefónica”, is under construction at a shipyard in Valencia, Spain.
The continued sponsorship of a Volvo Ocean Race campaign is part of Telefónica’s broad promotional sailing programme, both nationally and internationally. Along with a third place in the last edition of the event and victory in the In-Port races, their successes include 15 world titles, two gold and one silver Olympic medals from the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, is delighted that Telefónica is returning for a third edition. “We welcome them back and we look forward to continuing to develop this great event together both on and off the water.”
Pedro Campos, CEO of Team Telefónica, commented: “The Volvo Ocean Race is the most important offshore race in the world. The Volvo Ocean Race is probably the longest, hardest and most difficult and extreme of any sport and just taking part in it means a great challenge for any country.”
Frostad added: “The level of the five teams signed up so far for the next regatta hasn’t been this high in the 38-year history of the regatta. No expert is able to predict who will win among these five teams. It is going to be a veritable oceanic clash of the titans!”