Or more importantly, hand brake sponsors. €6m for a VO65 campaign where you know what you get and will have a competitive boat. Or at least €15m for an IMOCA and you might not stand a chance. Plus you can play the youth and women card far harder, and are likely to get similar exposure with the 65.There is an argument that sending the V65's around again, even with crew restrictions, is a hand brake to Imoca teams getting hot and bothered about the race.
what sponsor is going to want to triple their investment with no guarantee of tripling their return?