Volvo Ocean Race Sold to Atlant Ocean Racing Spain

Friday, June 01, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Business Team

The Volvo Ocean Race will have new ownership when the next edition of the race starts in 2021. 

Atlant Ocean Racing Spain, led by Richard Brisius, Johan Salén, and Jan Litborn, will take over the Volvo Ocean Race from Volvo Group and Volvo Cars, the co-owners of the event for the past 20 years.

“The history of this round the world race is inspiring and the future is very promising. This race is about people and I am humbled by the prospects to serve some of the finest athletes and sports professionals in this world as well as leading partners to the race and host cities. I have been fortunate as many of my dreams have come true. First my dream to sail this race, then my dream to be a team manager, followed by my dream to manage the race, and now the dream to be able to steer the future of the race. We are in this for the long run and we are determined that the race will go from strength to strength as a sustainable premier world event. I look forward to being part of evolving this unique race by co-operating together with the teams, cities, Volvo and all our key stakeholders,” said Brisius.

The current leadership group of the Volvo Ocean Race will continue to engage with stakeholders in the coming weeks to move the race to the next level commercially and from a sporting perspective. 

“After twenty years we feel that it is time to hand over responsibility for this prestigious competition to a new and capable owner with the experience and know-how needed to develop it even further. Volvo Cars will continue to support the next edition of the race as a sponsor with a special focus on sustainability,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President at Volvo Cars. 

New Owners 

Brisius, Salén, and Litborn have extensive experience in the premier round the world race, having worked with seven Volvo Ocean Race campaigns over the past 28 years. 

Brisius and Salén started as sailors in the 1989-90 race, before finding success as team managers, including winning efforts with EF Language (1997-98) and Ericsson 4 (2008-09).

Most recently, they managed Team SCA, the all-female entry, in the last edition of the race.

In November 2017, Brisius and Salén were named President and co-President of the current edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race 

The current edition of the Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain in October 2017 and will continue as planned.

The race came to Newport’s Fort Adams for a two-week stopover before departing for Cardiff. 

The race used a total of 885 volunteers in the two weeks.

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