Alvimedica co-leaders Charlie Enright and Mark Towill have announced they are collaborating with the marine environmental group 11th Hour Racing to take another stab at the Volvo Ocean Race, in which they finished fifth out of seven overall in the 2014-15 edition.
The new team, named 55 South, has set as its goal not only competing in the 2017-18 VOR but highlighting the ongoing degradation of the world’s oceans, which Enright and Towill say was all too evident during their last race.
“After the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, both Mark and I were proud of many of our accomplishments, but recognized there are improvements to be made and unfinished business to be settled. We named the team 55 South to provide us with a daily reminder of Cape Horn, how epic it is and what it takes to get there,” Enright says.
“As first-hand witnesses of our planet’s marine debris epidemic, we feel like we can bring value to an already amazing organization by spreading awareness and helping to source solutions,” Enright added. For more on the new team and its plans, visit 55south.us.
Photo courtesy of VOR/amory ross