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Posts Tagged ‘knut frostad’

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Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 11.03.19 AMWhen we heard about King Knut taking off for whiter pastures more than six months ago, we suggested this guy take over.  When our sources said he was in, we reported it as confirmed, even though he denied it.  And now that it’s all been confirmed, we congratulate Mark Turner as the new CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race.  As we said more than half a year ago, we think he’s the best choice for a job description that only a small handful of people could ever qualify for, and we’re very excited to see where the VOR goes under his care.

In other news that we reported long before anyone else, Hong Kong is confirmed IN with both a team and a stopover.  We’ll catch up with Turner when he’s got his feet underneath him.  Until then, stay tuned to the latest VOR rumors in the thread.

And quit doubting us!

 

April 13th, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 9.16.51 AMUPDATE: Mark Turner e-mailed us to tell us that he’s “been flattered to be on the Volvo potentials list…but today that is still where I sit.”  If indeed there has been no contract signed, we apologize for the incorrect info – but we still think our sources inside the race are accurate and that Turner is the next CEO even if the deal isn’t quite inked.

If anyone has earned every inch of his reputation at the top end of yachting management, it’s Mark Turner.  Getting his launch in the trenches with Ellen Macarthur, Turner has never shied away from unpopular decisions and risky moves, and his drive to prove the establishment wrong has helped set the stage both for international coverage of offshore racing as well as much of the modern format of stadium sailing.

Turner has also made his share of enemies – a fact that actually makes him more likable and reliable in our eyes; if you don’t piss a few people off in an ultra conservative sport like sailing, you’re really not accomplishing anything.

So we’re extremely pleased to reveal the news that, according to numerous sources, Mark Turner has just become the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race.  It was a move that would’ve likely happened months ago if not for an extremely difficult winter for Turner’s family and the VOR ownership’s respect for his personal issues.

He’s the best possible choice in a very small world of yachting management, especially given the current uncertain world picture and the difficult transition ahead to a new boat and route for the 2020 race.  Turner isn’t an easy man to work for, but he works at least as hard as anyone under him, and he’s got the focus, brains, and experience to keep the Volvo Ocean Race alive, and possibly to thrive.

We wish him luck. He’s gonna need it!

 

March 2nd, 2016 by admin

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CEO Knut Frostad signed off from his tenure at the Volvo Ocean Race yesterday, and call us crazy, but shouldn’t you have a new CEO before the old one leaves?  Knut’s right hand man and VOR Chief Operating Officer Tom Touber is off for greener pastures as well, and while there’s plenty of wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes, the clock she is a’ tickin’ and at least publicly, the VOR looks to be a rudderless ship.

Love him or hate him, Knut’s work ethic, commitment, and love for the sport is impossible to deny.  Respect.  Here’s a little excerpt from Knut’s piece.

So tell us about why you came to make this decision to leave the job at this time?

KF: It was quite similar to the day I decided to stop offshore racing. It was two things – I have a family, and the kids are growing, and that’s following your heart again. For me it’s very difficult to reduce the time and energy I invest in anything, for me to say that I should step back from my role and start going home at 5pm rather than 8pm, that’s not an alternative. I can’t deliver something that I am  proud or satisfied with if I do that.

I got to a place where the ends didn’t meet. I’ve pushed with my heart for so long and eight years has been non-stop. I also felt that it was time for someone else but me. Not because I have run out of ideas, I have a few for the next race, but because it needs a fresh perspective in some areas.

 

February 9th, 2016 by admin

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Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 11.47.27 AM“King Knut” transformed the Volvo Ocean Race from an offshore design contest to a media-centric one-design race around the world, and his iron fist characterized his 10 year-rule of the world’s most-watched sailboat race.  That all ends today in a shock announcement that the King is stepping down ‘to dedicate time to his family’ (translation: The gorgeous Mrs. Frostad told Knut ‘stay home or don’t come home’ to help raise his two young children.  The hard-core search has already begun for the next VOR boss, and of course we’ve got our own shortlist. SA’s choices:

 

1) Mark Turner (OC Sports)

2) Jamie Boag (ADOR Principal)

3) Bouwe Bekking (Team Brunel/Sailing Holland)

4) Karin Bäcklund (the hyper-competent girl who runs VOR background for years) c

5) Russell Coutts (ummm….just kidding!)

Who do you think could best bring the VOR into its next era? Let us know here.

 

September 11th, 2015 by admin

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