At Argo, we believe success is driven by teamwork and a powerful desire to be the best. We partner with teams that share this belief and inspire us to push ourselves even harder. Here’s why we compete – in business and in sports.

The Teams Speak

Our partners share a commitment to teamwork, innovation and sustainability. Here’s what drives GEOX DRAGON, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Artemis Racing and the Argo Group Gold Cup.

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Jose

José María
“Pechito” López

Driver, GEOX DRAGON

Why do you compete?

I’ve wanted to race since I was a kid. My family helped me start; and since then, it’s been a passion that’s grown every day.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

I think the most important qualities are perseverance and dedication – never giving up. There are always going to be hard times and only those who are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams will prevail.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

Teamwork is everything, especially in racing. Maybe people watch races and only think about drivers; but in the background, there is a big team (engineers, mechanics, etc.) working very hard. The best result comes from the best team effort.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Coming from the back and scoring the fastest lap of the race in Punta del Este. Also, my first race with the team in Marrakech was one of the best moments.

Hannah

Hannah Diamond

Crew Member
Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Why do you compete?

I compete to find out how far I can push myself and my body. Setting a goal and finding out a way of achieving it is something that gives me motivation.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

A true competitor must be resilient, determined and willing to be out of their comfort zone.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

Teamwork allows individuals to achieve far more than they could on their own. Providing support and complementary skills ensures that the collective goal can be reached.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Winning Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Lisbon to Alicante. Rounding Cape Horn in second place after 12 days in the Southern Ocean was up there, too!

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

To keep pushing the boundaries in a male-dominated sport.

How will you achieve your ultimate competitive goal?

Through hard work and perseverance.

Johnie

Johnie Berntsson

Skipper
Berntsson Sailing Team

Why do you compete?

I have a passion for match racing and love the game of sailing. Bermuda and Argo Group Gold Cup offer an outstanding venue and yacht club as well as racing conditions.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

You have to have a competitive team that is fast in the boats. You also need to know the game of match racing and be able to pull out the winning moves at the right moment.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

To be competitive, it is essential to have a team that enjoys working together and members who complement each other.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Second place at Argo Group Gold Cup was the highlight for us.

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

To win the top three events in match racing: Argo Gold Cup, Congressional Cup and Match Cup Sweden.

Taylor

Taylor Canfield

Helmsman/Skipper
US One

Why do you compete?

I grew up racing sailboats and can’t imagine not having this in my life. I enjoy competing in different boats against different people, knowing it will make me a better sailor. I enjoy the competition but also the camaraderie.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

A strong work ethic and the willingness to leave everything out on the race course.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

While there are many talented individuals who are capable of success, it will not come without teamwork, the right attitude and hard work by all.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Winning the Argo Group Gold Cup for the second time and the Congressional Cup for the fourth time.

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

To win the America’s Cup.

How will you achieve your ultimate competitive goal?

All of my sailing is aimed toward helping me get to the America’s Cup. I will not give up!

Charlie

Charlie Enright

Skipper
Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Why do you compete?

To win, and because I don’t know anything else.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

Tenacity and a constant yearning for self-improvement.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

Sailing is a perfect example of this – because each person has a very different and unique job, but the team only succeeds if everyone’s working together.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Bouncing back from an unfortunate situation in Hong Kong to round Cape Horn in a miraculously strong position, given the circumstances.

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

To win the Volvo Ocean Race.

How will you achieve your ultimate competitive goal?

Utilize everything we learned from this go-around.

Jena

Jena Mai Hansen

Crew Member
Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Why do you compete?

I compete because I love sailing and enjoy challenging myself. I also like to learn more about the different aspects of sailing.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

It’s important to be a good team player and want to learn and share information with others. It’s necessary to be open-minded and motivated to get the best out of the race and the team.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

Teamwork enables everyone to share and to learn from each other. It helps everyone to perform their best, giving that little extra that’s needed in the difficult times.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

My first sail competing in the race from Lisbon to Cape Town. Everything was new and exciting.

Andrew

Andrew Hoadley

Chief Mechanic
GEOX DRAGON

Why do you compete?

We’re a family. When one of us achieves something, we all feel proud.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

Resilience and determination, and be prepared to work hard.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

We take the highs with the lows and support each other to get back up and try again.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Finishing third in Zurich after a tough year.

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

Like all people in this industry – we want to win.

How will you achieve your ultimate competitive goal?

Hard work and constantly learning from your mistakes and other people’s strengths.

Stacey

Stacey Jackson

Crew Member
Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Why do you compete?

It’s the challenge of the race, to make a team that can achieve a goal to race around the world.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

A true determination to push through all the setbacks and challenges.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

What sums it up for me is a champion team will out-sail a team of champions any day. Individually, we are nothing in a race as large as the Volvo Ocean Race.

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

To win the Volvo Ocean Race.

How will you achieve your ultimate competitive goal?

Being determined and never giving up.

Mark

Mark Towill

Team Director
Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Why do you compete?

I want to be the best sailor and teammate possible. The Volvo Ocean Race is the highest level of competition in offshore sailing. Additionally, I love adventure and there’s no better way to see the world!

What qualities must a true competitor have?

The best competitors are self-motivated and have strong work ethic, but also understand what it means to play a role as part of an organization.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

Teamwork is essential to success, but it starts with individual effort. Each person must be bought into the team ethos, culture and mentality in order to succeed.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Winning Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Lisbon.

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

To be successful at the highest level, whether it’s in sailing or business.

How will you achieve your ultimate competitive goal?

Hard work, continued learning, self-refinement and a strong desire to always be better.

Jakob

Jakob Andreasen

Chief Race Engineer
GEOX DRAGON

Why do you compete?

My field of competition involves science, physics, engineering, math, common sense, planning, execution and people skills. There’s also a very clear and measurable objective.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

It depends what application. For me, it’s a good balance of all of the above.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

This is huge and should always be considered high priority. We are limited on personnel at the track, so the best 20-person team wins.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Experiencing Formula E for the first time and beginning to establish the ingredients needed for success.

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

To win each race that we enter.

How will you achieve your ultimate competitive goal?

Build a great team of people and a great process.

Ian

Iain Percy

Team Manager & Tactician
Artemis Racing

Why do you compete?

I’ve always been very competitive. However, it’s not about the result for me, but the journey.

What qualities must a true competitor have?

A relentless desire to do everything you can and leave nothing on the table.

How does teamwork support and complement individual effort?

I’m a strong believer in the strength of the group, all working together toward one goal. To achieve that, egos need to be left at the door, and each individual must take responsibility and be trusted to deliver in their own area.

What was the competitive highlight of your 2017–2018 season?

Reaching the final of the Louis Vuitton Challenger Series in Bermuda. If we’d had a little bit more luck, we could have gone all the way.

What is your ultimate competitive goal?

Winning the America’s Cup is still my ultimate competitive goal, but there is more to life than just competing.
Coming out of the last America’s Cup, it was clear that there is an opportunity to use our technology to make a difference. A group of us founded Artemis Technologies with a view to decarbonizing the maritime industry.

How will you achieve your ultimate competitive goal?

I’m sure Artemis Technologies will be involved as a technical partner in the 36th America’s Cup. Then, perhaps Artemis Racing will be back to compete in [the 37th Cup].

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