ERICSSON  -     THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2005-2006

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Neal McDonald is a veteran of four round-the-world races, finishing second as skipper in his last race, and has competed in both the America's Cup and the Admiral's Cup. McDonald has the experience and talent to skipper any boat competitively. He also has an engineering background.

Steve Hayles, also a veteran of the Volvo Ocean Race, will join McDonald on the Ericsson Racing Team. Hayles has participated in the Volvo Ocean Race three times and was a navigator in the 2001-02 race.

 

Dave Powys is taking on the important shore manager position. Powys has vast experience in boat management and sailed in the Whitbread Round the World Race maxi yachts Rothmans and Fortuna. Powys also took part in the America's Cup with Victory, Kookaburra and the Blue Arrow teams.

 

 

 

The world's leading telecommunications supplier, announced its entry in the race on April 25. The Ericsson Racing Team is supported by Semcon as design and development partner.

 

"Ericsson's core values are professionalism, respect and perseverance; three qualities that are at the heart of a successful ocean racing team and qualities that I know lie at the heart of what Neal has delivered both as skipper and crew member throughout his career," said Dusyant Patel, Operating Officer of Ericsson Racing Team. "Neal and Steve give our challenge great strength and the prospect of being a real contender in the race."

 

Neal McDonald said, "It is great to be able to announce that I am skipper of the Ericsson Racing Team. The team is shaping up very well, both in terms of the people we are bringing on board, and the boat itself. I am really looking forward to getting out on the water and getting down to training with the team."

 

Richard Brisius, project manager and co-founder of Atlant Ocean Racing said, "Our team is strengthened even further with the addition of Neal and Steve. From design and construction to partners and crew we have been able to build a world-class team. Neal and Steve were both our first choices from the small exclusive group of potential skippers and navigators."

 

 

 

Neal McDonald - Skipper

 

 

Ericsson will, together with Semcon as design and development partner, form the "Ericsson Racing Team". The campaign will be supported by Atlant Ocean Racing, which has a proven track record of success in the Volvo Ocean Race. The team's yacht is currently under construction at the world-renowned British shipwrights Green Marine in Lymington, UK, under the supervision of Jason Carrington. The launch is planned to June 2005.

 

"With Ericsson we have a truly successful formula," said Richard Brisius, project leader and founder of Atlant Ocean Racing. "They bring experience an understanding of how to drive complex projects with operational excellence in all aspects and we will have a crew and shore team who are all experts in their field. We have no doubt that the Ericsson Racing Team will be a real contender in this year's race."

 

Ericsson is committed to realising its vision of an all-communicating world. The Volvo Ocean Race allows Ericsson to bring this commitment to life and this team, more than any other, will use technology to take the experience of the race to the global audience.

 

The Volvo Ocean Race gives Ericsson an unrivalled opportunity to reach its customers around the world, as well as showcasing how its solutions can help them develop relationships with enterprises and consumers

 

 

 

Steve Hayes - Navigator

 

 

"The Volvo Ocean Race gives us a strong platform to grow our business," said Bert Nordberg, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Ericsson. "It is an opportunity to reach a global audience and demonstrate our expertise and ability to deliver telecommunications solutions to our customers.

 

"This race is about speed, complex technology, fierce competition and extreme conditions. This mirrors the complexity of our global business. Our core values at Ericsson are professionalism, respect and perseverance, three qualities at the heart of a successful ocean racing team," Nordberg concluded.

 

"These are the most extreme mono hulls to ever race around the world," said Hans Johansson, CEO of Semcon. "We are proud and happy that Ericsson will use our knowledge to create a winning yacht."

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

7 BOATS SEPTEMBER 2005 START ............... HOW MANY WILL COMPLETE

 

 

 

 

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