Volvo Ocean Race - a year (ish) to go

CEO Knut Frostad brings us up to speed
Just under a year to go now until the start of the Volvo Ocean Race and the moment is opportune for the round the world race’s CEO Knut Frostad to give us an update on how his event is progressing... At present six teams are fully funded and rearing to go with new builds well under way. These include: - Franck Cammas’ Groupama with a new Juan K design - Ken Read returning for a second crack with Puma again with a Juan K design - two as yet unnamed teams that may or may not be backed by Telefonica, one with a new Juan K design, which may be skippered by Iker Martinez with Neal MacDonald as watch leader, the other possibly taking one of the existing Telefonica boats - Camper, ‘powered by Emirates Team New Zealand’ with Chris Nicholson as skipper and a design from Botin & Carkeek - Abu Dhabi, skippered by Ian Walker and designed by Farr Yacht Design Then there are four more teams, looking to compete in existing boats, which Frostad says they are supporting on a day to day basis. While their details aren’t public, they include an Italian team with Ericsson 3 and another looking to take Green Dragon. “Then behind that there are seven more teams working on it in different ways,” continues Frostad. “One of them that we don’t know much about, but we think is making progress. Normally if there are teams that you don’t know much it can be a good sign.” Basically any more than six teams in total he he views as a bonus. Among all these there is believed to be another women’s team, possibly the second 'Telefonica' boat.  Frostad admits he would have liked there to be more teams signed up by now, but in fact they are exactly where they were at the same stage prior to