Back in the Game?
Italy is back in the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time since Brooksfield entered the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1993-94. Italy’s Giovanni Soldini has been named skipper of the Italia 70 team, which will race under the Italian flag with a fully Italian crew. Soldini has completed two single handed round the world races, and has made over 30 Atlantic crossings.
The objective of the project is to bring together a group of companies, which will be prepared to support Italia 70 throughout its entry in the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. Italia 70 has already acquired the Volvo Open 70 Ericsson 3 and the decision to opt for a tried and tested boat means the team can begin training immediately.
In order to create and consolidate a new generation of ocean sailors, Italia 70 will draw on Italian yachtsmen and women to build an Italian national offshore racing team, which will showcase Italian sailing talent and skill around the world as the race progresses. The Italian Sailing Federation, together with Giovanni Soldini, will develop the first Italian ocean sailing school in parallel with the Volvo Ocean Race. Italia 70 says it wants to take a fresh approach to sport based on respect for the environment and that, with a pool of contributing companies, the team will develop relationships with national universities and research centers that will help them to test environmentally friendly solutions ranging from energy management to waste disposal.
Will it happen? We’ll wait and see. Pic of the grandiose Yacht Club Italiano setting for the announcement by Carlo Borlenghi and more here.