The eight other spots on the boat are currently being contested by twenty young sailors in a final selection trial in Portugal. The trials got underway yesterday with light winds giving making it hard for the sailors to impress and accustom themselves to their new boats.
Skipper Sebastien JOSSE (FRA), 30 years old
Known for keeping a cool head while pushing ahead with a strong determination to succeed, 'Jojo' has what it takes to skipper a round the world race. Despite discovering sailing quite late in his career, he has risen rapidly among the ranks of the world's best. Winning the Crédit Agricole Selection jump-started an impressive series of single-handed victories on his way to joining Bruno PEYRON's (FRA) record-breaking crew on his maxi multihull in the Jules Verne Trophy. Today, JOSSE's reputation for keeping his feet on deck while his head takes to the wind will serve him well as he sets out on this latest challenge - skipper on Team Abn Amro's second race yacht in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006.
Simon FISHER (GBR), 27 years old
In the run of his sailing career FISHER has managed both on- and offshore to stay in tune with the latest developments in racing electronics. He develops race yachting software for onboard systems and post processing tools for race yacht performance analyses: it all seems to come naturally to the chemist and former law student from Bristol, Great Britain. FISHER is also an all rounder - a fine quality for ocean racing - having taken up positions as trimmer, navigator and grinder in major races over the last half decade, as well as having been boat captain, sail maker and boat builder on numerous successful campaigns.
Nick BICE (AUS), 27 years old
BICE has been sailing for most of his life and for the last five years as a professional sailor. As a qualified boat builder, BICE gained a wealth of experience with the latest composite construction technology and structural engineering at Blue Sky Composites in Australia. Such expertise has already proven valuable in his role as Shore Captain for the first Team Abn Amro yacht and is sure to come in handy as he takes his place on the second yacht during the race.
Scott BEAVIS (GBR/NZL), 24 years old
Although he is the youngest of the four professionals on Team Abn Amro's second race yacht, BEAVIS has already proven that he belongs with the best. With a reputation for being an enthusiastic, hard working and resourceful crewmember, BEAVIS strives hard for success. His experience in the last Volvo Ocean Race is sure to come in handy, as well as the fact that he is a keen sail maker who likes to put theory to the test under the most extreme conditions.