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13 November 2007, 04:32 pm
New Crew For Ericsson
João SIGNORINI at the helm of Brasil 1 during the 2005-06 VOR
João SIGNORINI at the helm of Brasil 1 during the 2005-06 VOR

Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09

After Torben GRAEL stepped onboard last month as the skipper of Ericsson's international crew for the next Volvo Ocean Race, the team now announces Brazilians João SIGNORINI and Horacio CARABELLI as new crewmembers.
The 2008-2009 race will be the second time around for Joao SIGNORINI and Horacio CARABELLI. The sailors finished third place in the latest edition of the race under Torben GRAEL's command. SIGNORINI, in Brazil known as Joca, spent most part of his career competing in the Laser class before moving to Finn in 2002. Only a few months later he was qualified to the Athens Olympic Games and ended up in the tenth place at the Games. A doctor's son, SIGNORINI was also the medic onboard Brasil 1 during the last race.

"It is an honour to join the Ericsson Racing Team for the next Volvo Ocean Race. I have had a chance to see the great structure they put together for the race and I look forward to facing this new challenge. It is great to have another chance of racing with Torben," said the 30-year old sailor.

Born in Uruguay, CARABELLI has been living in Brazil for more than 20 years now. The naval constructor was the technical director of the Brazilian project boat for the last Volvo Ocean Race and earned his spot in the crew due to his solid sailing background. CARABELLI is two-time Snipe world junior champion, competed in Seoul Olympic Games in 1988 and last year added an America's Cup campaign to his career.

"I am very happy to be a part of such a strong team. I would not go for another shot at this competition in any other way. I want to collaborate as much as I can and help the team achieving its goal," said CARABELLI.

Announced as the skipper of the international boat last month, GRAEL celebrates the arrival of two countrymen onboard.

"It is a great joy to welcome two great sailors like Joca and Horacio on the team. They are both extremely talented and my good friends. We worked together in the last race and I am sure they will do a good job again. I believe they will fit very well with the strong team already in place," commented GRAEL.

The Ericsson Racing Team is currently based at their training base in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Spain. The team will participate with two boats in the next Volvo Ocean Race. One will have an international crew and the other will be all Nordic. The two crews will compete on an equal basis. Both boats are being built by Killian Bushe next to Ericsson's headquarters in Kista, Stockholm. Two competitive crews will allow Ericsson Racing Team to train efficiently before the start of Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, Spain, in October, 2008.

Volvo Ocean Race - www.volvooceanrace.org

Mats Olsson
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