Lanzarote – Volvo Ocean Race veteran Richard Mason will be joining Team SCA to head up the technical Shore Management side of the all-female project. Mason has sailed in the past four Volvo Ocean Races, most recently as watch captain and boat captain on Team Sanya in the 2011/12 Race, but this is his first shore-based role.
“This is a very exciting new role for me in this race. SCA is doing a pretty cool thing and it is great to be part of it. There is already a strong shore structure in place and I am looking forward to further developing this so that we can be as well prepared on shore as we are on the water,” comments Richard Mason.
The 39-year old will start working with the team immediately at the team’s base in Lanzarote. Team SCA recently took delivery of their Volvo Ocean 65 and the team, supported by SCA the global leading hygiene and forest products company, is continuing its training program and is currently trialing four candidates to potentially join the, already selected, seven-strong squad.
Richard Brisius, Managing Director at Team SCA, adds: “It is great to welcome Richard to the team, several of us have worked with him before and we look forward to joining forces again. SCA has taken on an enormous challenge to enter a less experienced all-female crew and we are very focused on ensuring that our crew has the benefit working with a group of people who are highly motivated and have a depth of experience in this race. With Richard now onboard, as a management group, we have experience of some 30 editions of this race, which we hope will serve us well in our preparation.”
Mason is Australian by birth but was raised in New Zealand and now lives in Sweden with his Swedish wife and two children.
Richard Mason – CV
Nationality: New Zealand/British
Place of Birth: Sydney, Australia.
Date of Birth: 28 June 1974
Family Status: Married with two daughters
Current Location: Uppsala, Sweden/Lanzarote, Spain
Languages: English, Swedish
Richard is a seasoned Volvo Ocean Race veteran, having competed in the last four editions of the race. He has been sailing professionally for the past 16 years, a career that has seen him competing in almost every major event in the sport. For the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, Richard will be taking a new role as the Shore Manager for SCA.
“I am extremely excited about joining the SCA team for the next VOR. Heading up the shore team is going to present a fresh set of challenges for me. A fantastic opportunity to work with a great team of people across all the technologies that make up the Volvo Ocean 65. I have always had a huge respect for the shore teams that have supported us and kept us out on the water over the years, now it is my opportunity to become a part of that team, and stay a bit drier!!!“