US sailors return to Volvo with Vestas 11th Hour Racing

This March 30, 2015, photo provided by Mark Towill shows Team Alvimedica, Charlie Enright, left, and Mark Towill after rounding Cape Horn together. With the wind, and their competitors at their backs, Enright and Towill rounded Cape Horn and took a few seconds to savor the accomplishment. Considered to be the nautical equivalent of summiting Mount Everest, the rounding came in daylight, going 30 knots downwind on the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. (Amory Ross/Volvo Ocean Race via AP)

Americans Charlie Enright and Mark Towill are returning to the Volvo Ocean Race with new sponsors and an emphasis on environmental awareness.

The Brown University alumni announced their Vestas 11th Hour Racing team on Tuesday in Newport, Rhode Island. It will sail under the Danish and American flags.

Enright and Towill tied for fourth in the last edition of the round-the-world race. They were the first to round Cape Horn and won the final leg in their first foray into the marquee ocean race.

They plan to call attention to renewable energy, the health of the oceans and marine debris.

Vestas, a Danish manufacturer of wind turbines, returns after the boat it sponsored in the last Volvo Ocean Race ran aground on a reef in the Indian Ocean. The boat was salvaged, rebuilt and rejoined the race.

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