Harnessing Wind and Water: Meet Vestas 11th Hour Racing

Meet the Argo-sponsored sailors and shore crew competing in the 2017–2018 Volvo Ocean Race.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing sets sail in the 2017–2018 Volvo Ocean Race with one mission in mind: to win as the most sustainable team in the competition.

Argo Group shares the team’s passion, making it a perfect partnership opportunity.

“The qualities we value at Argo Group – courage, sustainability and team-driven innovation – match those of Vestas 11th Hour Racing,” said CEO Mark Watson. “Together, we’ll use the exciting Volvo Ocean Race to showcase these values for racing fans around the world.”

The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world. The route is 45,000 nautical miles across four oceans, touching six continents and a dozen landmark host cities.

Meet the Vestas 11th Hour Racing sailors and shore crew:

 

Charlie Enright, 33, co-founder and skipper

A Rhode Island native, Enright, returns for his second consecutive Volvo Ocean Race, leading the team with longtime sailing partner Mark Towill. Fun fact: Enright considers himself a pizza connoisseur. He even makes his own dough to create the perfect pie.

 

Mark Towill, 28, co-founder and team director

Towill returns for his second consecutive Volvo Ocean Race, this time handling the business side of on-shore operations. Fun fact: On the rare occasion of a free day, this Hawaii native will most likely be found kitesurfing or paddleboarding.

 

Simon Fisher, 39, navigator

From Essex, U.K., Fisher – or, as he’s better known, SiFi – makes his fifth Volvo Ocean Race appearance. Fun fact: SiFi’s other passion is cycling. He tries to hit the road between every sailing leg.

 

Nick Dana, 31, boat captain

This is Dana’s fourth Volvo Ocean Race, but only his second time actually racing. His first two experiences were as shore crew and onboard reporter, respectively. Fun fact: Dana grew up around boats at his family’s shipyard in Rhode Island.

 

Phil Harmer, 38, crew

From Sydney, Australia, Harmer is another five-time Volvo Ocean Race participant. Fun fact: He was on the winning teams in the previous two races and has a shot at a hat trick with a Vestas 11th Hour Racing victory.

 

Jena Mai Hansen, 29, crew

It’s her first Volvo Ocean Race, but the Copenhagen, Denmark, native is no stranger to sailing, having competed in 49er racing since 2013. Fun fact: Hansen brings some impressive hardware to the team – a bronze medal from the Rio 2016 Olympics.

 

Tom Johnson, 26, crew

Johnson is back for a second Volvo Ocean Race, having had an America’s Cup experience in between.
Fun fact: When he isn’t sailing, the Mandurah, Australia, native likes surfing, skating and camping.

 

Hannah Diamond, 27, crew

From Hamble, U.K, Diamond makes her Volvo Ocean Race debut as a world champion Nacra 17 class racer. Fun fact: She’s superstitious and insists there be nothing in the color green on the boat.

 

Tony Mutter, 48, crew

Mutter sat out the last Volvo Ocean Race, but now the Auckland, New Zealand, native – and two-time winner – is back for his sixth appearance. Least fun fact: During the 2008–2009 competition, a teammate had to operate on Mutter’s infected knee while out at sea.

 

Stacey Jackson, 34, crew

Another Aussie, from Mooloolaba, Jackson brings more than 15 years of on- and off-shore team experience to her second Volvo Ocean Race. Fun fact: She, too, enjoys surfing, skating and paddleboarding.

 

Damian Foxall, 48, sustainability manager

From County Kerry, Ireland, Foxall was on the winning Volvo Ocean Race team in 2011–2012 and is returning for his sixth competition. Fun fact: He is a passionate ocean conservationist and an ambassador for Sailors for Sea.

 

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