HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For Kahaluu native Mark Towill, raising 20 million dollars was the easy part. In March, Hawaii News Now profiled the Punahou and Brown University alum who had raised that amount to enter into the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race.
The regatta is an around-the-world, 9-month trek spanning approximately 38,000 nautical miles. There are 11 ports along the way, all in different countries. Racers will stop off in six different continents.
Before the race began Saturday, Hawaii News Now caught up with him to get an update.
"My emotions right now, I've got a bit of everything going on. Really excited at the same time a little nervous, this will be my longest trip at sea" Towill said.
"25 days we're about to set off on, so a bit of everything but all in all, just really looking forward to it", he continued. The 25 days is the first leg of the trip, which will take the sailors from Spain to South Africa.
While Towill admitted it will be daunting, he also felt confident.
"We've been sailing for the last six months, training to start this race. We've done over 15,000 miles and crossed the Atlantic a couple times. It's been a lot of hard work by everyone on our team."
The teams departed from Alicante, Spain Saturday. The fleet has passed through the Straits of Gibraltar, and is now in the Atlantic.
You can track Towill and his Team Alvimedica, along with all the others at: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/dashboard.html