2001–02 Volvo Ocean Race

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2001–02 Volvo Ocean Race
Dates23 Sept 2001 – 9 June 2002
YachtsVolvo Ocean 60
WinnerIllbruck Challenge
Illbruck Challenge in Kiel
Illbruck Challenge in Kiel
Team SEB, Team Tyco and News Corp in Kiel

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).

For Leg 3, yachts joined the iconic Australian 2001 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race that begins on Boxing Day (the day after Christmas Day).


Boat Nation Designer Skipper
Amer Sports One  New Zealand Mani Frers[1] New Zealand Grant Dalton
Amer Sports Too  United Kingdom Farr Yacht Design[2] United Kingdom Lisa McDonald
Assa Abloy  Sweden Farr Yacht Design Netherlands Roy Heiner[3]
United Kingdom Neal McDonald
Djuice Dragons  Norway Laurie Davidson[1] Norway Knut Frostad
Illbruck Challenge  Germany Farr Yacht Design United States John Kostecki
Team News Corp  Australia Farr Yacht Design United Kingdom Jez Fanstone
Team SEB  Sweden Farr Yacht Design Sweden Gurra Krantz
Team Tyco  Bermuda Farr Yacht Design New Zealand Kevin Shoebridge

Lisa and Neal McDonald, skippers of rival boats, are husband and wife.[4]


Event Start date Finish date Start Finish Distance (nmi) Winner
Leg 1 23 September 2001 23 October 2001 United Kingdom Southampton South Africa Cape Town 7,350 Illbruck Challenge
Leg 2 11 November 2001 4 December 2001 South Africa Cape Town Australia Sydney 6,550 Illbruck Challenge
Leg 3 26 December 2001 3 January 2002 Australia Sydney New Zealand Auckland 2,050 Assa Abloy
Leg 4 27 January 2002 19 February 2002 New Zealand Auckland Brazil Rio de Janeiro 6,700 Illbruck Challenge
Leg 5 22 March 2002 27 March 2002 Brazil Rio de Janeiro United States Miami 4,450 Assa Abloy
Leg 6 14 April 2002 17 April 2002 United States Miami United States Baltimore 875 Team News Corp
Leg 7 28 April 2002 11 May 2002 United States Annapolis France La Rochelle 3,400 Illbruck Challenge
Leg 8 25 May 2002 31 May 2002 France La Rochelle Sweden Gothenburg 1,075 Assa Abloy
Leg 9 8 June 2002 9 June 2002 Sweden Gothenburg Germany Kiel 250 Djuice Dragons


# Boat Total
1 Illbruck Challenge 61
2 Assa Abloy 55
3 Amer Sports One 44
4 Team Tyco 42
5 Team News Corp 41
6 Djuice Dragons 33
7 Team SEB 32
8 Amer Sports Too 16


  1. ^ a b Jobson, Gary. "Fighting Finish: The Volvo Ocean Race, Round the World 2001-2002." Nomad Press, 2002.
  2. ^ "Farr Yacht Design. Design List". Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  3. ^ "Assa Abloy axes skipper Roy Heiner - Australian Sailing". www.sailing.org.au. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ "His and Hers Yachts For Married Skippers". The New York Times. 10 March 2002. Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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