Yacht Race Champions Bow Out of Next Year’s Race

Yacht Race Champions Bow Out of Next Year’s Race

After winning the Volvo Ocean Race in 2008-2009, Sweden’s Ericsson team decided against participating in the next race. Finding the victory to be a perfect ending to the team’s previous involvement in the event, the team found it to be a good time to move onto something new.

Ericsson had the largest budget of all teams in that particular race, and had a second yacht, the Ericsson 3, entered in the race as well, coming in 4th place.  The victor Ericsson 4 yacht was led by Torben Grael of Brazil.

Deciding to no longer participate in the Volvo Ocean Race was a difficult one for Ericsson, as the feedback and experience for them was worthwhile.  However, they find this time to take a moment and seek out new adventures.

Organizers of the next Volvo Race, set to begin at the end of 2011, anticipate a dozen competitors to enter.  The next race will begin in eastern Spain, near Alicante, which is where the Volvo headquarters is currently located.  So far, just a Brazilian team has signed up to race in 2011.  In March of 2010, the route for the next race will be announced.

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