Volvo Ocean Race challenger team AkzoNobel starts Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes, England

Sunday, 06 August 2017

Sunday August 6, 2017: Team AkzoNobel, the Dutch team competing in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, backed by global paints, coatings and specialty chemicals company AkzoNobel, has set off from England on the second stage of the Leg Zero qualifier series – the offshore classic Rolex Fastnet Race.
The 603-nautical mile (1,117-kilometer) race pitches the team led by Dutch skipper Simeon Tienpont against six other international Volvo Ocean Race teams.
The course for the 92-year-old race takes the fleet from Cowes, out around the Fastnet Rock off the southern tip of Ireland and around the Isles of Scilly before finishing back in England in Plymouth.
Close racing is expected between the identical Volvo Ocean 65 yachts with the crews likely to be within sight of each other for much of the race. There is scant chance of any sleep for the nine team AkzoNobel sailors who will live in their waterproofs, ready to change sails or alter course according to what the weather throws at them.

Depending on the weather the fleet is expected to finish within two and a half to three days.

Team AkzoNobel Crew List for Rolex Fastnet Race:
Skipper: Simeon Tienpont (NED)
Roberto Bermúdez de Castro (ESP)
Brad Farrand (NZL)
Martine Grael (BRA)
Brad Jackson (NZL)
Emily Nagel (BER)
Jules Salter (GBR)
Nicolai Sehested (DEN)
Joca Signorini (BRA)    




Team AkzoNobel off Cowes, Isle of Wight at the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race
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Simeon Tienpont [in blue shirt on left], skipper of team AkzoNobel in the Volvo Ocean Race with his team in action at the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race
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Team AkzoNobel in action at the start of the 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race, part of the Leg Zero preparations for the forthcoming 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race
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Fastnet Rock here we come! Team AkzoNobel at the start of the Rolex Fastnet Race
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+44 7408 860716) or Justin Chisholm (+44 7408 838815)
Team AkzoNobel Media Relations

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About team AkzoNobel:
Team AkzoNobel is the new Dutch ocean racing team campaigning to win the round the world Volvo Ocean Race for the Netherlands. Skippered by renowned Dutch skipper Simeon Tienpont and backed by leading global paints and coatings company AkzoNobel, the team will sail a brand new Volvo Ocean 65 high performance yacht in the 2017-18 edition of the race, which starts from Alicante, Spain, in October 2017. 

About AkzoNobel:
AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier.

Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do. 

AkzoNobel’s 2016 revenue totaled €14.2 billion: Specialty Chemicals €4.8 billion; Decorative Paints €3.8 billion; Performance Coatings €5.7 billion.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 August 2017 )