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17 August 2005, 12:53 pm
Ericsson Racing Team Name ALTADILL As Crew
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

The Swedish entry to the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006, Ericsson Racing Team, has named Spain's Guillermo ALTADILL as crewmember. It will be the fourth Whitbread Round the World/Volvo Ocean Race for ALTADILL, who has aged to combine Olympic programmes with hard round the world sailing up through his professional racing career.

'Guillermo has been round the world six times and will definitely be someone whose opinion I will be constantly listening to in the Volvo Ocean Race. In my many miles with him I have learnt not only to enjoy his sense of humour, but also to respect his ability to make a boat sail fast,' said Neal MCDONALD (GBR), skipper on the Ericsson Racing Team.

For ALTADILL, born in Barcelona, the Southern Ocean is one of the big thrills that draws an experienced helmsman back to the race again.

'The Southern Ocean is my favourite part,' he said. 'These legs make this race more than a pure competition, mixing racing with adventure, and sometimes survival in the raw nature elements. The crew work has to be perfect and coordinated in these conditions. After six times racing around the world I have high goals for this race, and only with a team like Ericsson Racing Team we can be sure to be very competitive. A main part of the team have known and sailed with each other for years and this is an important element to have a well functioning team.'

ALTADILL is very happy with the fact that Volvo Ocean Race will start in Spain this time, 'The Volvo Ocean Race is a big event and to have this in Spain is a good opportunity for the Spanish public to get to know this kind of fascinating sport up close. Offshore racing is not very well known in this country. This race could change this situation, and generate public interest.'

Annabel Merrison (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The Ericsson Racing Team training in Vigo, Spain:© Th. Martínez
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