quarta-feira, 23 de janeiro de 2013

Brazil first stopover announced for the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015

01/17/2013| 03:59pm US/Eastern

Today, the Volvo Ocean Race organizers announced the first port of destination in the 2014-2015 stopover schedule - Recife, Brazil's fifth-largest city located on the Atlantic Ocean in the Northeastern part of the country.
The race will start from Alicante, Spain, with the Recife stopover scheduled for mid to late October 2014. This is exciting news for SCA as Brazil is one of the company's important growth markets. SCA is second in the Brazilian incontinence care market with the brands TENA and Biofral.
Brazil is the most highly populated country in South America, with a population of about 194 million and good economic growth. The market for hygiene products has a strong growth potential, especially incontinence care products which have shown double-digit growth.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the world's most prestigious offshore race. The event is a nine-month marathon of the seas, passing through four oceans (Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Southern Oceans) and five continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America).  SCA will participate in the race with an all-female crew.
Full details of the 2014-2015 stopover schedule will be announced over the coming weeks.

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Volvo Ocean Race COO, Tom Touber greeting Jandir Bellini, Mayor of Itajaí and Paulo Roberto Bornhausen, Secretary of State for Sustainable Economic Development during the announcement of the Brazilian city of Itajaí as a host port of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15
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terça-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2013

Grael backing for Recife in the Volvo Ocean Race

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The Recife stopover and Pernambuco team announced this week is a major honour for the city, the state and the entire country, according to the only Brazilian to have won the Race as skipper, Torben Grael.
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Grael, who attended the announcement of the Recife team and Brazilian boat along with his brother Lars, is Brazil's most high-profile sailor, with five Olympic gold medals as well as his commanding victory with Ericsson 4 in the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09.

He joined Pernambuco State Secretary for Tourism Alberto Feitosa at the announcement on Thursday and revealed the choice of Recife as the first stopover along the route, and the second Host City after the race's home and Start Port of Alicante, had originally come as a shock.

"We were taken a little by surprise, like everyone else, when we first heard that Recife was in line to be the first stop along the route," Grael said. "It's incredible, and very good for the whole of the north east of Brazil and indeed the whole of Brazil.

"Bringing an event as big as the Volvo Ocean Race is great for the sport, and for me it's even more of an honour, having participated in the event myself."

The team's backers are due to make an announcement about the team next month. As yet, they have not revealed their skipper or any other appointments.

Grael's brother Lars, who is also an Olympic medallist and now works to promote sailing, said the Volvo Ocean Race would be a perfect fit for Recife and the historical town of Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the city's neighbour.

"Recife is a city with a wonderful nautical heritage," he said. "This event will be a line in the sand, marking a past and a future, and it will bring benefits not only to Recife but also to Olinda, helping to strengthen that nautical tradition."

State Secretary Feitosa has given his full backing to the project and said the team would go into the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with the highest possible ambition.

"We know the importance of bringing this great event to Recife," he said. "It's important for our region and the state.

"And one more thing – I believe Brazil should win this competition."  

Itajaí confirmed on 2014-15 route as second Brazilian stop

"Going twice now to the vast, diverse and sports-mad country of Brazil is a privilege for us" -Tom Touber
Itajaí, in the state of Santa Catarina, staged a memorable stopover in the 2011-12 edition with huge crowds packing the Race Village throughout and the port’s return to the route means the south of Brazil is joining the north east in the race.
A boat backed by the state of Pernambuco was also confirmed at last week’s announcement which will ensure a distinct Brazilian flavour for the race's 12th edition in 2014-15 at a time when the focus of world sport will be on the country.

"Making two stops in Brazil makes perfect sense at a time when the country will be the beating heart of sport between soccer's World Cup in 2014 and the Rio Olympic Games in 2016," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.

"We are thrilled to be going back to Itajaí which proved to be one of the most successful stopovers of the last edition with a rhythm all of its own.

'We had huge numbers of fans in attendance on all the key dates and with the support of the city and the region we're looking forward to breaking those records next time."

Once again, Itajaí will provide the long awaited finish line for the teams following their rounding of the iconic Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean.

"The leg through the Southern Ocean, around Cape Horn and on to Brazil was an instant classic in the last edition," said Tom Touber, the Volvo Ocean Race COO who made the announcement at the Castelo Montemar in Itajaí on Tuesday.

"Going twice now to the vast, diverse and sports-mad country of Brazil is a privilege for us."

Itajaí Mayor Jandir Bellini joined Paulo Roberto Bornhausen, State Secretary for Sustainable Economic Development, and other dignitaries at the announcement.

"Hosting the Volvo Ocean Race once again is proof that Itajaí is capable of staging the biggest events in the world," said Mayor Bellini. "It is our goal to confirm Itajaí as a national capital of sailing."

Exact dates of the stopover will be announced in February.
The remainder of the route for the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean race will be revealed over the coming weeks.