JeronimoII

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  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. JeronimoII

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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...
  6. 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
  7. JeronimoII

    VOR AUCTION - OPPORTUNITIES LOST & STILL THERE?

    great video wrap-up indeed, but the voice over sucks big time.
  8. 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.
  9. JeronimoII

    VOR Leg 11 Gothenburg to The Hague

    two days to go. How is forecast looking? breezy indeed?
  10. 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
  11. JeronimoII

    VOR Leg 10 Cardiff to Gothenburg

    DF consistently 1-2 knots slower than the top 5. Breakage?
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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