Tienpont out as AkzoNobel skipper in Volvo Ocean Race

ALICANTE, Spain (AP) — Volvo Ocean Race skipper Simeon Tienpont has left team AkzoNobel after what the team said was a breach of contract.

The team declined further comment on Friday, the day before the first in port race.

The fleet is scheduled to leave Alicante a week from Saturday on the first leg of the round-the-world race.

AkzoNobel said it will still compete in the bluewater classic and will soon announce a new skipper.

Tienpont, from the Netherlands, was a two-time America’s Cup winner with Oracle Team USA.

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