Joan Vila, one of the best navigators in the world, will return to the Volvo Ocean Race with #mapfre in 2017-18, some 15 years after becoming the first Spanish sailor to win the coveted trophy .
One of the most decorated sailors on the planet, Vila joins #mapfre having last competed as part of a victorious Illbruck Challenge campaign in 2001-02. Since then, he has gone on to win three America’s Cups. He has also competed in the Olympic Games – and 2017-18 will mark his fifth Volvo Ocean Race appearance.
Vila will link up with the Spanish team, skippered by Olympic champion #xabifernandez, as navigator – responsible for ensuring the consistent best positioning of the boat to take maximum advantage of the wind and current, and getting the team from point to point as fast as possible
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