In 2011 they launched the MOD70 and in October of that year they did their first inshore event called the Krys Match, just outside of La Trinite Sur Mer. It was spectacular. In some races the boats were crossing the start line at 25 knots and with each race they had 3 sponsor guests onboard!Yet even there, he hedged...This quote struck me as odd. I think the number of hulls definitely defines the race event in every way as multis redefined the AC in every way. I'm a little surprised to read that he would dismiss an overwhelming majority in favor for monohulls. A key marketing misstep? We want monohulls! No you don't. You want speed over everything else."Do you think that the Volvo Ocean Race has a monohull identity? In a recent fan poll, the popular vote was overwhelmingly for a monohull
I dont think so. I think actually that it doesnt make that much difference one hull, two hulls or three hulls, it doesnt change the identity of the race. The object of the race is that a group of people race around the planet, fighting hard all the way.
There are ups and downs there are extreme periods and slow periods with no wind, and thats the same in either a monohull or multihull. Whether the boat is a monohull or multi doesnt change the identity of the Volvo Ocean Race for me, I think its all about the people that race it."
You could intepret that to be a vote for the camp that suggest the absolute speed of the boat isn't actually that important...
This is not a one and done RTW. They stop, they race in confined areas so the idea of going multi, because "We have the technology" would also diminish the in-port experience. ACs, 32s, and other multi foilers may be nimble, but I cannot see making a 60-70 ft tri that may be great for long sprints in the SO, be enjoyable to watch as they try to avoid each other and minimize tacks. Foiling 65s would make more sense since the foils could be retracted for in-port racing, yet extend once the boats past the rounding mark for the next leg (if the boats are not close).We may have to consider downgrading the performance factor slightly in order to retain a certain levelof security,
At the moment I am hoping they are truly able to field 8 boats for that will make it a great contest all around.
(sorry commentary is in French)
3 days of racing and at least three races per day.
As for berthing, its not that big of a deal. The 70ft MOD were 55ft wide. These boats are very light and easy to dock side-to on a floating dock. Or, in La Trinite (a very small town in Brittany) they have a T dock solution with tri's stern-to on each side of the T.