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Global Ocean Race announces a rescheduled start and major expansion

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Global Ocean Race announces a rescheduled start and major expansion

 

The Global Ocean Race (GOR), one of sailing’s greatest challenges, is to receive a major boost for its third round-the-world event for Class40 yachts, now scheduled to start in September 2014.

 

Organisers of the Class40 Association-endorsed race announced today that in order to raise its profile and bring it the attention the event deserves, they have taken three important steps:

 

• Brought in a team of experts in media, ocean racing promotion and marketing

• Expanded the number of classes in the race, so that entries can now be single-handed, two-handed or fully-crewed

• Delayed the start by one year to take full advantage of the new arrangements

 

Meanwhile, they have agreed a number of sponsorship deals for the event and can already confirm a strong entry interest from at least eight solid Class40 projects.

 

“We have successfully completed two Class40 round-the-world races,” said Josh Hall, the GOR Race Director and CEO, “but we believe it is time for the race to fully evolve. To that end, we have created a new management structure bringing in some of the most experienced people in media, sponsorship and the marketing of a truly global yacht racing event. To permit our new team the appropriate timeframe to realise the planned levels of media and funding, we have decided to delay the race until 2014.”

 

Hall says that the new team’s aim is to make round-the-world ocean racing more accessible. “Our boats cost a fraction of those in the other major ocean races, opening up the thrill and adventure of sailing at speed through the Southern Ocean to a whole new generation of skippers and crew,” explains Hall. “In times of recession, I believe this will attract both aspiring ocean sailors and fully-experienced yachtsmen. Our boats now regularly average the speeds that Maxi Yachts in the Whitbread were doing just over a decade ago. It offers the best of sailing on a budget that many more can afford. Crucially, it also allows sponsors, who have been leaving the sport due to the massive costs, to return.”

 

Central to the new organisation will be a Steering Board, created to boost the organisation that supports the event. Members include a top TV producer who has overseen Olympic coverage for the BBC among others; a former CEO of three major broadcasting organisations; a leading public relations professional; a specialist in sponsorship fund raising and management and a commercial director with extensive international experience. Four of the five have already been contracted and each has considerable experience in ocean racing promotion, marketing and media coverage. The names of the Board and full details of the changes will be released in the New Year.

 

“These appointments bring one of the sport’s most experienced and successful teams to the GOR and justify our delaying the start of the race,” added Hall.

 

From the skippers planning to race, the overall reaction has been supportive. “For the Celox Sailing Team, the rescheduling is a welcome opportunity for further training and refinement and we are delighted to hear of the new weight brought into the organisation,” said Akilaria Class40 Gust Buster skipper, Gottfried Possl.

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This is very interesting and will add significantly to the race, although I believe it will detract from the singlehanded part. I think its great that there is now a major round-the-world crewed race, at a MUCH lower budget than the VOR. I can forsee dozens of Gentlemen-adventurers entering. But as a dedicated singlehander, who one day hopes to enter the GOR (when I have an extra $1million in the bank), I'm worried that the singlehanded race will get bumped eventually.

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Finally a reason to get back off the couch and chase a dream

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I think I've found a reason to have a mid life crisis. 4 people. Sundowners allowed. 20+kn around Cape Horn. It all looks good to me. Now, where Ross's number......

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SA boat racing around the world? This is possible, compared to the America's Cup challenge

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Also happening in 2014 - Route du Rhum (start oct 25th) and Barcelona World Race (start dec 31st).

 

There's going to be a lot to watch....

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Isn't there a risk that full crews push those C40 boats harder than they should be?

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Clovis, do not think so. C40 have inbuild reserve due to the rules.

Positive can be that the fleet of C40 gets bigger due to crewed races, and it becomes cheaper to get on secondhand, or sailes cheaper etc.

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Isn't there a risk that full crews push those C40 boats harder than they should be?

 

The Class Rules require an ORC Cat 1 build. The GOR race rules increase that requirement to be ORC Cat 0, and also include additional requirements such as a full 180 degree righting test. The intention is to have a boat that can take the abuse of being raced hard in the southern ocean.

 

In my experience, Class 40's are tough boats. And to the degree that the proof is in the pudding, there is now a track record of two GORs where there have been zero boat-breaking incidents. That is actually a significantly different (and better) performance than the IMOCA 60's going through the same route. But.... going to sea is always a risky proposition and I am sure that some one will find the survival limits of Class 40.

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