FWIW, I was a huge Volvo Ocean Race fan for a number of years but they have lost me and I will not be following this edition with any interest.
I know it drove costs but one of the greatest components of this event - much like the AC - is the design and engineering competition. Seeing how the different boats perform in different conditions and how they cope with big wind and waves drove a lot of my interest - and I don't think I am alone here.
While I'm happy the AC (narrowly) avoided going one design with the VOR going one-design it has pretty much, in my mind, been turned into a glorified professional version of the Clipper Race. I'll read the headlines when they make it onto the much-rumored front page at SA, Sail-World, Vsail, etc. but I won't go to visit them in Newport when they come to visit like I did the last edition, etc. Sorry Knut.