The Volvo Ocean Race provides the ultimate test for some of the world’s greatest sailors, pushing teams to their limits in a 46,000-nautical-mile race around the world. Combining human adventure with technological innovation, cutting-edge design and the inherent pre-requisite for safety, the race embodies the philosophy that goes in to every Volvo car.
Building a path towards potentially competing in the ultimate sailing challenge, Volvo has supported British sailing, from grassroots through to internationally competitive sailors for nearly 20 years. From the Volvo Gill Optimist Class, through the RS Association and on to our world-class brand ambassadors that make up Team Volvo, Volvo is a driving force in British sailing.
Meet Team Volvo
In the UK, Volvo supports some of Britain’s best sailing talent as they compete on the international stage, with many going on to challenge themselves further on the ‘Everest of sailing’ – the Volvo Ocean Race.
Since 1999, Volvo has supported sailing from grassroots, through youth development, up to professionally competitive athletes at the pinnacle of their sport. Collectively known as Team Volvo, this inspirational group of individuals represents the very best of British sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing talent. The team includes award-winning athletes, Volvo Ocean Race winners, multiple World Champions and Olympians – all of whom are legends within the sport.
Helena Lucas MBE
Double Paralympic medallist and British sailing’s golden girl, Helena Lucas MBE made history by claiming 2.4mR Paralympic gold at London 2012, becoming the first ever female winner of this male-dominated Paralympic class and Britain’s first ever Paralympic sailing gold medallist. Helena medalled again at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, gaining a bronze, officially making her Britain's most successful sailing Paralympian.
Ian Walker MBE
Volvo Ocean Race winner, Yachtsman of the Year 2015 and Olympian, Ian is a sailing legend and an inspiration to many sailors around the world. Two-time Olympic silver medallist, and coach to Shirley Robertson during her Gold-winning Games in Athens (2004), Ian has most recently competed in three Volvo Ocean Races, finally becoming the first ever British winner of the race as skipper of Abu Dhabi in 2015. Ian drives a Volvo XC90.
Shirley Robertson OBE
Shirley Robertson OBE made it into the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic Gold medals at consecutive Games – Sydney and Athens. She has since had a successful career as the BBC Olympic Sailing commentator, as well as presenting and producing CNN’s monthly sailing TV programme ‘Mainsail’. As a Team Volvo ambassador, Shirley will fulfil a role to continue to inspire youth sailors and new participants in the sport of sailing.
There are two sides to every athletes life. We caught up with Volvo Ocean Race winner and father Ian Walker MBE.