Don’t Let Their Youth Fool You, These Youngsters Impacted the Volvo Ocean Race

Source: Scuttlebutt Sailing News/Volvo Ocean Race Media

Age is just a number, right? Well, yes, according to some of the sailors who’ve tackled the world’s toughest ocean test. They say ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’, and this lot certainly proved that. Here, a look back at some of the most iconic young sailors in the race’s four-and-a-half decade history of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Sir Peter Blake, 1973-74, Burton Cutter, Age 24

He’s known now as one of the Race’s biggest legends, having competed five times and won once, leading Steinlager 2 to an unprecedented clean sweep of line, handicap and overall honors in 1989-90. But Blake made his first appearance in the race over a decade and a half earlier, as watch captain onboard Burton Cutter, leading them to a first leg win into Cape Town.

Liu Xue (‘Black’), 2014-15, Dongfeng Race Team, Age 21

Dongfeng’s Chinese star almost didn’t make it to the start line, quitting during training due to homesickness, and it was only some persuasion from team manager, Bruno Dubois, who convinced him to rejoin the troops a few months before the race began. He captured hearts across China, and went on to win the media war, ending the race as the most mentioned Chinese sailor online.

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