Annapolis based syndicate, Team Kan-do, has announced its entry into the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006. George COLLINS, Chessie Racing's syndicate chairman (1997-98) and retired CEO of T.Rowe Price, has agreed to join his second ocean race campaign chairman.
Collins will focus on the overall strategy for the syndicate. Besides Collins, some of the world's leading names in ocean racing will join Team Kan-do' s management team, including Tom WEAVER (most recently sailing manager of Mascalzone Latino) and John JOURDANE (two times Whitbread veteran).
Team Kan-do brings a unique perspective to its Volvo Ocean Race challenge by incorporating a comprehensive shore-side programme for learning and charity fund-raising, targeted at children, teenagers and their families around the globe. "Learning is key to personal and business success and we want our youthful target audience and their families to get hooked on following Team Kan-do around the world in "the Mount Everest of sailing!"
said Collins and the Kan-do management team.
Team Kan-do will create a global educational experience as well as a truly unique media opportunity to appeal to the public and extend the boundaries of the race profile. George Collins says that Team Kan-do has an excellent racing and business plan in place. Team Kan-do is an unusual union between two business friends and successful entrepreneurs, John ALDEN, an American and Patrick BISCHOFF, a German, who decided that helping others and succeeding in a podium finish would be the next exciting big goal in their lives. The motivation to perform well in the race and create something that could last long after the final gun, led to the formation of Team Kan-do.
When Alden and Bischoff started talking about ideas for the race, they immediately thought of the powerful impact that Chessie Racing had on the Annapolis/Baltimore region. Team Kan-do will be headquartered in the Annapolis (USA) area and plans to participate in activities that will bring the public out to the Annapolis and Baltimore stopovers, developing and building on the success of Chessie Racing. Glenn BOURKE, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race comments, "It's great news to have the first American syndicate onboard. George COLLINS brings real credibility to the syndicate through his previous involvement and it is great to have him back in the event working with Patrick BISCHOFF and John ALDEN. Team Kan-do offers a real opportunity to attract media coverage outside of the normal sporting channels, and which will inspire tomorrow's ocean racers."
Team Kan-do has already captured the interest of several experienced sailors with Olympic and other world class sailing experience including Maria Fernanda SESTO (470 Olympic and world championship competitor) and Cian Mccarthy, tactician and mini-transat competitor 2003. Trials for sailing team members will start in the late autumn of this year and Team Kan-do says anyone excited by the programme that has reached the pinnacle of amateur racing, or has substantial ocean racing/one design success, should please contact Patrick BISCHOFF by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to apply for a trial.
The Volvo Ocean Race will start on November 5, 2005 from the Mediterranean.