2001–02 Volvo Ocean Race
|Dates||23 Sept 2001 – 9 June 2002|
|Yachts||Volvo Ocean 60|
The 2001–02 Volvo Ocean Race was the eighth edition of the around-the-world sailing event Volvo Ocean Race, and the first under the name Volvo Ocean Race. For the 2001–02 the sponsorship of the race was taken over by Volvo and Volvo Cars. The race was renamed the Volvo Ocean Race. Stopovers were added in Germany, France, and Sweden being the Volvo's three biggest car markets in Europe. In addition the points system had been modified significantly in an effort to keep the race competitive until the final leg. The previous "points" race having been effectively won two full legs before the final gun.
John Kostecki, who had co-skippered with George Collins on Chessie Racing in the 1997 to 1998 Whitbread to great effect, captained his first Volvo Ocean race winner in 2002. Assa Abloy's new composite mold technique proved very quick, but not quite quick enough, while long time Whitbread skipper Grant Dalton's two boat syndicate suffered badly from a lack of preparation time (the Amer boats were last in the water).
|Amer Sports One||New Zealand||Mani Frers||Grant Dalton|
|Amer Sports Too||United Kingdom||Farr Yacht Design||Lisa McDonald|
|Assa Abloy||Sweden||Farr Yacht Design|| Roy Heiner|
|Djuice Dragons||Norway||Laurie Davidson||Knut Frostad|
|Illbruck Challenge||Germany||Farr Yacht Design||John Kostecki|
|Team News Corp||Australia||Farr Yacht Design||Jez Fanstone|
|Team SEB||Sweden||Farr Yacht Design||Gurra Krantz|
|Team Tyco||Bermuda||Farr Yacht Design||Kevin Shoebridge|
Lisa and Neal McDonald, skippers of rival boats, are husband and wife.
|Event||Start date||Finish date||Start||Finish||Distance (nmi)||Winner|
|Leg 1||23 September 2001||23 October 2001||Southampton||Cape Town||7,350||Illbruck Challenge|
|Leg 2||11 November 2001||4 December 2001||Cape Town||Sydney||6,550||Illbruck Challenge|
|Leg 3||26 December 2001||3 January 2002||Sydney||Auckland||2,050||Assa Abloy|
|Leg 4||27 January 2002||19 February 2002||Auckland||Rio de Janeiro||6,700||Illbruck Challenge|
|Leg 5||22 March 2002||27 March 2002||Rio de Janeiro||Miami||4,450||Assa Abloy|
|Leg 6||14 April 2002||17 April 2002||Miami||Baltimore||875||Team News Corp|
|Leg 7||28 April 2002||11 May 2002||Annapolis||La Rochelle||3,400||Illbruck Challenge|
|Leg 8||25 May 2002||31 May 2002||La Rochelle||Gothenburg||1,075||Assa Abloy|
|Leg 9||8 June 2002||9 June 2002||Gothenburg||Kiel||250||Djuice Dragons|
|3||Amer Sports One||44|
|5||Team News Corp||41|
|8||Amer Sports Too||16|
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