2014 Volvo Ocean Race's fourth team

Photos: Alvimedica
We look at the US-Turkish Team Alvimedica
Maybe it is the global economy slowly emerging from recession or the change to a one design yacht and the cost savings that represents – either way the 2014-5 Volvo Ocean Race could have as many as nine entries (limited possibly by how many VO65s Green Marine can churn out in time). This would represent the biggest line-up for the fully crewed round the world race since the 1990s. The latest campaign to announce is Team Alvimedica, spearheaded by the young American duo of Charlie Enright and Mark Towill and backed by an ambitious Turkish medical equipment company bearing the team’s name. Enright and Towill come from opposite sides of the US empire, 29-year-old Enright the stalwart New Englander, heralding from Bristol, Rhode Island, while Towill, 25, is from Kaneohe in Hawaii. Both have strong dinghy sailing backgrounds, Enright having been a keen team racer at college which even saw him in the UK competing on the BUSA team racing circuit. By coincidence both Enright and Towill attended Brown University in Providence, RI, albeit at different times, but their union was truly forged when they were selected to crew Morning Light, the former Pegasus TP52 entered in the 2007 Transpac, a campaign that was famously documented in a film produced by Roy Disney shortly before his death in 2009. The Morning Light campaign was run along similar lines as the Artemis Offshore Academy in that its crew was chosen following a rigorous selection process, only with the ultimate aim of the Transpac rather than the Solitaire du Figaro. From 538 applications, 30 sailors were picked, including Enright and Towill, who were subsequently groomed by the Morning Light coaches, venerable figures, all with strong Volvo Ocean Race backgrounds such as Mike Sanderson, Stan Honey and ‘Big’ Mike Howard. Since Morning Light, Enright,