Team Alvimedica names Volvo Ocean Race crew

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Team Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright confirmed Monday seven of the eight final race crew as well as the On-Board Reporter for the Volvo Ocean Race.

In addition to the Bristol, R.I., skipper and team co-founder Mark Towill, 25, of Kaneohe, Hawaii, the race crew named today are: Alberto Bolzan, 32, Trieste, Italy; Nick Dana, 28, Newport, R.I.; Ryan Houston, 31, Auckland, NZL; Will Oxley, 49, North Queensland, Australia; and Dave Swete, 30, of Auckland, New Zealand. Amory Ross, 30, of Newport, R.I., is the on-board reporter.

The team sets out from Newport on Wednesday July 9 at 2 p.m. for a Transatlantic training run to the United Kingdom with the newly named crew. The team will line up against Volvo Ocean Race opponent Abu Dhabi for a promotional start out of Narragansett Bay. 

“With only eight race crew positions each role on board is vital,” Enright said. “Sailing skill is the main requirement but equally important is the team chemistry and ability to work together in a confined space for 38,000 miles around the world.”

This is the team’s first entry in the extremely challenging 38,000-mile race that starts in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 4, stopping in 11 ports around the world.