MAPFRE has announced that they will once again take part in the Volvo Ocean Race, they are the third team to confirm their presence on the start line of the 2017-2018 edition of the offshore race.

MAPFRE thus continues as a sponsor, having begun with the team in the 2011-2012 race, with a more secondary presence, and continued into the next edition in 2014-2015 as the  team’s main sponsor of the project; a loyal reflection of the insurance company’s key values: effort, drive, teamwork, innovation and global presence. Over the last few years, MAPFRE has offered ongoing support to sailing, and was present in the Barcelona World Race 2010-2011, the record for the Christopher Columbus Discovery Route, the Copa del Rey MAPFRE and the Volvo Ocean Race.


Announcement Remarks via a prepared statement

Antonio Huertas, President of the Spanish Insurance Company, declared,“MAPFRE is proud to once again be present on the start line of one of the most demanding competitions in world sport. We truly value the importance of participating in a project such as this; a round-the-world yacht race which represents the same values that define us as a company.”

The MAPFRE president concluded by remembering, “Our presence in the last race, with a team of great, committed professionals intent on giving their very best to the race, was extremely positive. Moreover, the Volvo Ocean Race will stop in some of our main markets such as Spain, Brazil, and USA, which enables us to generate publicity for the MAPFRE brand on a world-wide scale.”

Pedro Campos, CEO of the MAPFRE team and of the last five Spanish teams to have taken part in the round-the-world race stated, “We are extremely grateful and proud to once again have the full support of MAPFRE, in this great adventure which is the Volvo Ocean Race, probably the longest, most difficult and extreme sporting event. Participating is in itself a great venture for any team.Taking the start line in Alicante with possibilities of victory is our biggest challenge, and the work we have ahead of us in the next nine months.”

The new CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, Mark Turner, stated, “It is fantastic news to confirm a Spanish team for the next edition of the race, and it is of course wonderful to see a sponsor returning to the race after a successful campaign. With the recent confirmation of Alicante as the start port for the next three editions of the race, and the important role that Spain has played in the history of the race, it will be fantastic to see the Spanish fans back on the dock in October to support their home team, MAPFRE”.

2017/2018 Race &  Teams

Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be contested over the longest distance in race history at around 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and taking in 11 major cities on five continents.

On October 14th, 2016 teams will take part in its first coastal race of this edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. On October 22nd, the first leg kicks off from Alicante, where the teams will race to Lisbon (Portugal), Cape Town (South Africa), Melbourne (Australia), Hong Kong, Guangzhou (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (USA), Cardiff (United Kingdom), Gothenburg (Sweden) and finally The Hague (Holland), where the race will finish in June 2018.

The Volvo Ocean Race will return to Newport, R.I. for the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover from May 8th – May 20th, 2018. Sailors will arrive in Newport from Brazil around May 8th, will host an in-port race on May 19th and the leg start from Newport to Cardiff will take place on May 20th. Newport will once again be the race’s only North American stopover, details regarding events and activities that will happen during the Newport Stopover will be announced when organized.

The first team announced was Team AkzoNobel, a Dutch campaign led by first time skipper Simeon Tienpont (NED), who will be racing in his third Volvo Ocean Race.

The second team to announce was China’s Dongfeng Race Team, returning for a second consecutive race, with French skipper Charles Caudrelier once again at the helm following a podium finish in 2014-15.

Backed by the Madrid-based global insurance company MAPFRE, the Spanish boat is the third confirmed entry for the next edition.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).