Team Tyco profile

madforsailing looks at the wooden Volvo Ocean 60, Team Tyco and talks to her skipper Kevin Shoebridge
When it comes to yacht racing credentials, few people have a more impressive CV than 37-year-old Kiwi Kevin Shoebridge. Shoebridge has flitted between winning Whitbread campaigns to winning America's Cup ones and back again as well as fitting in many many races in the gaps between. His successes have included sailing with Team New Zealand for the last two Cups and racing in previous Whitbread Round the World Races with Peter Blake on Steinlager II and Grant Dalton on New Zealand Endeavour. This cyclical process has stood him in good stead for the last 16 years. Now Shoebridge has landed himself the big one - skippering Team Tyco in the forthcoming Volvo Ocean Race. madforsailing spoke to him from the Team Tyco base in Newport, Rhode Island. Sponsor seeks skipper According to its website the Bermuda-based company Tyco International, is the "world's largest manufacturer and servicer of electrical and electronic components". It is also world leader in undersea telecommunications systems, fire protection and electronic security services, disposable medicinal products, plastics, adhesives and flow control valves. In short it is a giant company with net sales of almost $29 billion, assets worth $40.4 billion and more than 200,000 employees in 80 countries. L Dennis Kozlowski, Chairman and CEO of Tyco International is a keen sailor and has a private yacht and it is tempting to think that it was he who signed the cheque. But in much the same way as Kingfisher boss Sir Geoffrey Mulcahy is a serious yachtie and Kingfisher happens to sponsor Ellen MacArthur, these companies are just too big and too public for personal preferences to play much of a part in these sponsorships. Tyco International owns businesses in every stopover port on the Volvo Ocean Race and being such a large, diverse company they want