For Enright and crew, it’s off to England Wednesday

Team Alvimedica takes a training run on the bay recently.

Team Alvimedica takes a training run on the bay recently.

The Team Alvimedica and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Volvo Ocean Race boats will set off side-by-side Wednesday for a training run to Gosport, England.

The departure is the only time Newport will see Volvo Ocean Race competitors sailing alongside each other until all of the boats return next May.

The teams will leave Newport Shipyard at 1p.m., first warning signal to the start just off the tip of Fort Adams will be at 2 p.m.

“We encourage everyone to come out by land or sea,” said Sail Newport. “Cheer on our three Rhode Island sailors – Charlie Enright (Bristol), Nick Dana (Newport) and onboard reporter Amory Ross (Newport).”

It’s been a busy few weeks in Newport for Team Alvimedica. Friday, Charlie Enright and others from the team marched in Bristol’s Fourth of July Parade.

And Monday, Enright confirmed seven of the eight final race crew as well as the on-board reporter for the Volvo Ocean Race.

In addition to the Bristol, RI skipper and team co-founder Mark Towill, 25, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, the race crew named today are: Alberto Bolzan, 32, Trieste, Italy; Nick Dana, 28, Newport, RI; Ryan Houston, 31, Auckland, NZL; Will Oxley, 49, North Queensland, Australia; and Dave Swete, 30, of Auckland, NZL. Amory Ross, 30, of Newport, RI is the On-Board Reporter.

“With only eight race crew positions each role on board is vital,” Enright said. “Sailing skill is the main requirement but equally important is the team chemistry and ability to work together in a confined space for 38,000 miles around the world. To achieve great results on the water we need a collaborative group who will look after each other’s safety and well being throughout a range of challenging conditions. We are confident in our crew and look forward to facing the challenges and sharing the experiences of the Volvo Ocean Race together as a team.”

The eighth race crew position with Team Alvimedica will be filled closer to the race start. The team spent one month in their Newport homeport. The boat and crew will next be in the United States during the only North American race stopover May 5-17, 2015.

The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race starts October 4 and will take the fleet to 11 cities in 11 countries – Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands, and Sweden – and will require the teams to cover 38,739 nautical miles. It will be the first edition using the new one design Volvo Ocean 65 racing boats.


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