JeronimoII

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  1. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Alicante has renegotiated/updated their contract with the race. Main changes: - Spanish team not mandatory any more (Alicante government had to back a Spanish entry in the previos editions) - Payment of 6.5 Mn EUR for 2021-22 edition, 7 Mn EUR for 2025-26 (payment dependant on ROI (!)). http://www.expansion.com/nauta360/volvo-ocean-race/2019/01/02/5c2cabbb468aeb857a8b45dd.html
  2. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    The lithuanians have bought SCA. Aiming to enter next edition with her.
  3. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Great find. The article is very sceptical indeed. This week according to the pre NOR the application entry period for teams is open. I wonder if someone is going to be announced. Doubtful. Only news announced in Paris is that the announcement of the new race name is postponed to 2019. RB has stated previously that the new race name was going to be known before the end of the year.
  4. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    no mention of Fish and the chinese fisherman?? bufff.
  5. JeronimoII

    Route du Rhum 2018

    Rail Meat, hats off. Congrats. You should be proud.
  6. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    well, all SailGP teams are being paid by Larry, at least for the first season. So not really a sustainable business platform. We'll see if this changes after some races. and, what has happened to the nationality rule?? the Chinese team has just two Chinese crew members (just the two grinders). anyway, back to VOR or WTF_Round_The_World_Race... they might go to China if Volvo demands so (remember Volvo is still paying the bills), but the big question if any team/sponsor will take part in 2021-22... . I also think that a postponement of 1-2 years is very likely. You require 9 months build time for a new IMOCA. No one is going to commit any money until knowing the race route, which shall be announced June 2019. With a start in October 2021, deadline to commit with 6 months training time is summer 2020. Of course, there could be some folks like Alex Thomson willing to participate with their current boat and squeeze 6 crew in there anyhow. This could save this edition, but I still don't see it.
  7. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    compelling to fans, yes, but no to sponsors. Remember we had one boat ready that did not compete for lack of sponsors, and some of the teams were financially backed by Volvo (mainly through attractive boat leasing terms)... OD/boatyard works only if you have a strong partner backing up the financial side of things... with Volvo pulling the plug, Atlant cannot afford OD/boatyard anymore. What strikes me as mega risky is the budget for a competitive campaign in the next race, despite using IMOCA, a proven formula. Bruno Dubois mentions numbers well above 20 Million Euros... I can't imagine any sponsor willing to commit this time of money for an event that is likely to have very small participation numbers (at least in the next edition). They should open the field to any boat above 60-70 feet and go back to rating based times for 1 or 2 editions in order to increase participation. If not, there is a big risk of not having an edition in 2021.
  8. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Justin has reported about Mason's speech here: https://www.yachtracing.life/richard-mason-on-the-volvo-ocean-race/ my highlights: - new race name announcement by latest end of November. No title sponsor. Just a generic name - Volvo is paying Mason's and the rest of the old VOR team salaries for this next race (and all ops but no boatyard) - New route announcement by June 2019 - lots of open questions about the new IMOCA and the maintenance of the VO65 fleet... e.g. who makes sure they stay OD if there is no centralised boatyard?
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    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    yeah. VOR personnel contracts expire Sep 30th and only a few have an offer from Atlant to continue. Atlant needs to shake the tree fast (boat rule, new title sponsor, buyers for the VO65s, city procurement), if not the future looks bleak.
  10. JeronimoII

    VOR 2019-2020

    true. This time around I only visited Alicante, which was extremely poor compared to previous editions (the move of the boatyard to Lisbon has hit the footprint there pretty hard). Thus, my generalization might not be true. Agree.
  11. JeronimoII

    VOR 2019-2020

    the usual short stopovers of the past VORs are also gone with two different type of boats that shall be, by definition, arriving in different dates (and with lot more breakages in the fleet). This requires a re-think of the current race village and its leap-frogging around the planet. The standard village might be gone. Not that I liked it too much as way too basic and simple, but large sponsor pavilions are likely gone... well, there were gone already as only Volvo had a large one lately, true. I wonder how much BS is the Sports Consultancy going to use to lock the cities for the next round. (The cities are mainly the big cash spenders in this circus (besides the ones without competition: Cape Town, Auckland, the one in US)). I tend to agree with Francis that there is a potential risk that there shall be no IMOCA 60 boats build for the next VOR. Let's hope the designers come out with a magical design brief that allows for an easy re-fit of existing boats...
  12. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    which accident? what has happened?!?! EDIT: found the info in the other thread https://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/12040_Statement-regarding-on-water-accident-off-Race-Village.html
  13. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    great video wrap-up indeed, but the voice over sucks big time.
  14. JeronimoII

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    congrats to Dongfeng. Gutted for Mapfre and Bouwe. What are we going to do now without a tracker to follow?? Snif, snif.
  15. JeronimoII

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    two days to go. How is forecast looking? breezy indeed?