JeronimoII

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About JeronimoII

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  1. 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
  2. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    great video wrap-up indeed, but the voice over sucks big time.
  3. 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.
  4. JeronimoII

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

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

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    it looks like not much wind in the video, so hopefully nothing major, but I am sure Xabi had a nightmarish recollection of what happened in 2009
  6. JeronimoII

    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    DF consistently 1-2 knots slower than the top 5. Breakage?
  7. JeronimoII

    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    someone should tell RO/VOR that the continuous use of superlatives like "epic" diminishes the impact on the audience... brrr
  8. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    very interesting, Potter. If new builds are required, the 2021 edition is going to be extremely light in teams indeed.
  9. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    sure. In my opinion the sale was a good move to fight against death. Without Volvo's backing, Brisius et all have to go back to at least a development class, shorter route and less stopovers. Let's hope they are successful. If not, the next race could be the last one...
  10. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    we shouldn't dismiss Wheatley's article and call him miserable, etc... he makes valid points: - the race is unsustainable: Volvo has been subsidising the whole thing (sure, and also gaining a lot of brand traction through it) - the race struggles to find teams. One boat was available for this race and has stayed home. - it is difficult to relate to the brands involved (but this also happens in other sports). - some sailors are boring... sure... like in life. But TG we have Witty this time around to at least have one that truly looks real and doesn't follow corporate orders. - the moment the race went to Abu Dhabi, India & China, it lost its soul (too many dull doldrums crossings for an "extreme" race & the sponsor owner not the history dictated the course). - the current race village with the standard team bases and with Volvo as the only large pavilion is indeed quite dull. The sale was a good move to shake things up. Bye bye OD (yes!), boatyard and standard services for all. The election to use IMOCAs (which apparently is almost decided) is probably the only way forward to ensure we have a race in 3 years with attractive boats. Interesting to see if and how a IMOCA can be sail competitivly with 5-6 crew
  11. JeronimoII

    New imoca boats

    Alex is amazing... he manages to convince his sponsors to invest in a new boat each time. Hats off.
  12. JeronimoII

    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    route shall be announced by this Friday, Mapfre dixit.
  13. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    TV viewing numbers of 1.6 Bn or 293 Mn EUR in publicity value are completely bullshit. It counts any mention of VOR in any type of TV channel and multiplies it with estimated audience. I.e. if VOR gets a 10 second mention in a Chinese News channel with 50 Mn viewers, it adds 50 Mn viewers into the overall sum. (on the value it estimates how much would it cost to place an ad in that TV program). As someone mentioned before, the fact that the VOR mainly attracts B2B companies proves that the branding exposure that B2C companies look for is not there (or better said, the ROI is not worth its while). For us, hardcore fans, it is difficult to grasp, but the VOR is not a major sporting property. Ask anyone on the street if they know the Volvo Ocean Race and 9 out of 10 won't know what you are talking about. Sure, the VG has a way larger audience (% wise) in France, but only there. Outside of France it is less known than the VOR. A pity there was no announcement in Newport... well, somethings needs to happen before the end of the race... hopefully.
  14. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    Witty's video comment are pretty harsh. "Volvo is out, Brisius is taking over. No race before 2021 he reckons. More teams are needed. etc.". Considering that Witty tends to break out news that turn out to be true (he announced he was doing the Volvo almost a year before it was official), this are major news. No idea where is Brisius bringing the money to buy the event, if this is the case. If Volvo is out, is this the end of the "Volvo" Ocean Race or are they staying as Title Sponsor? Too many open questions. Btw, Mark Turner has been very very quiet in the last months. I won't be surprised if he appears suddenly our of nowhere with some corporate backer as the saviour of the event. (Knut has also stopped sailing around the world... but he has not the same track record as Turner).
  15. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    this link works https://www.reuters.com/article/us-volvo-cars-ipo/chinese-owner-eyes-volvo-cars-ipo-picks-banks-source-idUSKBN1IB2VI