Meet our hands on deck. In the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race, these men will steer PUMA’s il mostro across the seas and over the Equator, spanning the globe from Alicante, Spain to Galway, Ireland.
Ken Read, Skipper
Tom Addis, Navigator
Brad Jackson, Watch Captain
Tony Mutter, Watch Captain
Casey Smith, Bowman
Jonathan "Jono" Swain, Helmsman & Trimmer
Michael "Michi" Mueller, Bowman
Ryan Godfrey, Trimmer & Driver
They’re a perfect blend of experience (with 16 Volvo Ocean Races between them) and youth (both Mueller and Godfrey fall into our under-30 slots). Their collective experience and expertise is currently filtering into the design of the new il mostro boat, which will be revealed in the spring.
But don’t be fooled: These guys have more to them than trophies and nautical miles — after all, they’re people, too. People who will leave behind families, dogs, and espresso machines when they embark on this trek. They’re medics, navigators, and karaoke-lovers. They’re world-class sailors and Dead Heads at heart.
One likes to work in the nude. Another is an Aries who enjoys long walks on the beach.
(Yes, we’re serious.)
So take some time and get to know them. After all, it’s not everyday that you’re welcomed on board a journey that wraps 37,000 miles around the world.