Hawaii man completes round-the-world race

Hawaii man completes round-the-world race

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Mark Towill's journey from Kahaluu to Gothenburg, Sweden was in a word, epic.

It began in 2011 when the Punahou and Brown University alum began soliciting companies to sponsor a sailing team for entry into the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race.

Alvimedica, a Turkish medical equipment company, bought in. 

Towill started a team, and along the way raised approximately $20 million for entry into the nearly 39,000 mile, nine month race. 

It began in Alicante, Spain on October 4. Team Alvimedica was the first to the finish in Gothenburg, winning the leg and finishing in a tie for fourth place overall.

"Pretty cool way to wrap up the campaign and the race.  I think it speaks a lot to our team and how far we've come" said Towill.
In many ways, the fundraising could be perceived as being tougher than the race itself, but the trek has proven that even when conditions at sea are pristine---results often are not. "I jibe peeled today at 3, then making our way down the French coast going the exact wrong direction of the Hague right now," said Towill aboard his 65-foot mono-hull racing yacht.
Of course, for every dark moment on bright waters, there were bright ones on dark waters

"I have the extreme thermals on underneath.  It's pretty cold, so a bit layered up.  Luckily it's pretty dry on deck so we're not being pelted with water" he said from the North Sea.
Through it all, Towill's team never lost focus, placing 4th overall and proving they belong.
"I think we proved we can hang with the best, and to win here into Gothenburg, it's incredible".
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