Posts Tagged ‘volvo ocean race’
Now that the news is out on the Brunel Volvo team, we can now print Bouwe Bekking’s Innerview from a few days ago. As always, a great guy to chat with and a great part of the SA community for over a decade now; here he is with another SA Innerview.
SA: It’s great to see the Netherlands in the game, with you at the helm. As a frequent one-design sailor, how do you think the new design changes the race strategy?
BB: This change will have a major impact. In the previous races you could sail like a world champion, but very you still got beaten by the faster boat. Besides fast sailing, strategy will hugely important.
SA: We hear that the in-port races will no longer count for the overall VOR standings. Does this make the stopovers less or more interesting from your point of view?
BB: This is still not 100% clear, there is an option for this in the Notice of Race. But I hope it will stay part of the scoring, it has become a feature of the race and if you make it part of the scoring you will make sure that all the team are 100% focussed
SA: Will this be a Dutch effort or more of an international crew? Have you selected them yet? Who you got?
BB: The initiative is Dutch and of course we try to get as many as possible cloggies onboard, but since our sponsor is an international company they wouldn’t mind if some foreigners are onboard. Gerd -Jan Poortman is confirmed . For the rest not: you can’t commit to anybody before the money is in the bank, otherwise you make a fool out of yourself when it doesn’t happen. For the other crew we will follow a strict selection procedure.
SA: The lack of design competition means teams have been able to wait far longer to announce their intentions. Meanwhile, the girls of SCA will have a big head start over everyone else in training and sorting their boat out. How do you make up that deficit? As a one-design boat, does it really matter?
BB: Isn’t it great that now all of a sudden teams who come in late, still have chance to do well? Thanks One-Design! The girls have got a very good set-up and gotten all the opportunities, they have a of course headstart. We just have work hard and use the experience we most likely have to transfer our knowledge from big one-design offshore boats into the V65
SA: What do you think of the Farr/VOR 65 compared to the VO70s you’ve sailed? Strengths/weaknesses compared to Movistar/Telefonica?
BB: I think they will be very similar in performance and they will still be soaking wet. Compare to Movistar/ Telefonica they will be structural stronger and I expect easier to drive/steer in big seas.
SA: Who’s your sponsor, and what do they hope to get out of it?
BB: As you now know, it is Brunel. They have have been in the race twice before and actually jumped in last minute to make it possible for teams to race. They sponsored a team in the Tour de France and as well a Mini-Transat sailor. They are in for it as they like sailing and like to win.
SA: Do you plan to do any events with your boat before the VOR starts? Which ones? When do you get delivery?
BB: We want to do some events and like to race against other V65′s, that will be good to see how we go . But we will finalize our schedule in the coming month. We get boat number 3, which actually is ready, but the boat need to painted, we have to order sails do the graphics, and other logistics. Even that it is a one-design, we won’t rush as that might bump us in the bum.
SA: What do you think the budgets really need to be in order to have a good chance of winning? How does this compare number wise to your other campaigns?
BB: As long you can pay the entry and the centralized service, the boat, new sails and have accommodation you should be fine, The number is a fraction of what we spend on previous campaigns. Thank you one-design, again!
SA: With so many changes to the VOR, do you have any big worries about the 14/15 VOR?
BB: No worries right now, sleeping well!
December 5th, 2013 by admin
Sailing Holland, an initiative of several well-known Dutch yachtsmen, and Brunel International N.V. have reached an agreement about participation in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. This will be the third time that the Amsterdam-based company, which specialises in project management, secondment and consultancy, will be at the starting line of this round-the- world ocean race.
The Team Brunel skipper is Bouwe Bekking, whose sailing career includes participation in six previous Volvo Ocean Races. The other members of the team have not yet been announced. Candidates will have to undergo a stringent selection procedure during the coming months.
12/1/13 – Bouwe Bekking is said to be close to announcing his entry from the Netherlands in the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, and we’re stoked as hell to see it. Not just because Bouwe has been a Sailing Anarchy reader for more than a decade and front page contributor for most of that, but because we adore the Dutchman’s honesty, passion for sailing, and relativeringsvermogen. We should know more about the team and their title sponsor this week, and we’ll have some info from the man himself immediately after the announcement.
For some good sponsor speculation and more info from the very inquisitive Dutch press, hit the Dutch Sailing VOR Facebook Page. To speculate yourself, get the inside rumors, and talk shit, hit the thread.
December 3rd, 2013 by admin
With their pink boat delivered and plenty of hard miles already under her keel, the girls of Team SCA Racing’s Volvo effort are light years ahead of the rest of the largely unannounced Volvo fleet. Pierre Orphanidis from Vsail grabbed SA crush Sam Davies for the world’s first guided tour of their Volvo 65 in Lanzarote. Check it.
November 27th, 2013 by admin
September 16th, 2013 by admin
Recife bit off more than it could chew when announcing a race team and stopover for the 2013-14 VOR, and both the Brazilian team and first South American stopover are now history (though the much later Itajai stop remains). Historic and perfectly situated Cape Town will instead replace Recife, meaning more of those sailor/wildlife pics we dig so much…
Meanwhile, with only two teams announced so far, it seems there is a game of chicken going on; team bosses are waiting for t he best possible deal from Frostad and friends, hoping they don’t literally miss the boat…the thread is where it all happens - update yourself here.
September 12th, 2013 by admin
The first group of candidates for the all-women’s SCA Volvo Ocean Race team left Southhampton for their training base in Lanzarote yesterday, and judging from the quality of the sailors, this ain’t no publicity stunt-seeking campaign. You can check out some video of the departure here as well as words from some of the girls, including our favorite racer of all time; Sam Davies. Will our extreme disappointment losing Sam from the Vendee fleet deliver a silver lining in following the exploits of Cap’n Sam for the next two and a half years? One can only hope! We also hope that the second group of candidates – due in to the Canaries in a few weeks – will include at least one of our awesome American racers. Photo thanks to Rick Tomlinson/SCA.
February 3rd, 2013 by admin
Months of comparative quiet belie the amount of work going on behind the scenes at Volvo HQ. We’ve already told you about the Media Crew Member program’s renaming, revamping, and restaffing announced last week, and now we have some concrete news, thanks in part to Pierre at VSAIL.
No surprise to see the old Puma dressed up in pink for the girls for feminine product manufacturer and sponsor SCA, and we hear the selections are coming along, though the list is hush hush for now. We hope the Swedes let some US blood into the mix, and there’s plenty to choose from; Emma Creighton and Ashley Perrin obviously have what it takes in the distance game, while Anna Tunnicliffe should let herself be persuaded to work the race into her Olympic schedule; the girl is stronger than half the guys on the last Volvo and a better helmsman than even more. On a more international note, we hope blonde bombshell and SA favorite Anna-Maria Renken makes the cut, but most importantly, wouldn’t they be crazy NOT to go for Dee Caffari or Sam Davies as the skipper?
The big news today is from Recife, Brazil, which gets a stopover and a team for the 2014-15 Volvo. Thanks to some of the VSAIL info, we’ve got a pretty good idea of the route, though a lot of the details are missing.
1. Alicante – This is the start for this and at least one more Volvo Ocean Race, though considering the new multi-million dollar VOR Museum’s grand opening soon, we think both the organization and city are committed to quite a few more.
2. Recife – See above
3. Abu Dhabi – A long trip necessitated by a keen Abu Dhabi team sponsor and a pile of cash for the organizers and a Cape Town that doesn’t have a nickel for the VOR. But the biggest question on a leg like this remains: How about them pirates? It’s a long way off and increased militarization may conceivably have quelled the problem by 2014, but are we going to see the silly load on/load off again? As much of a wrench as it threw into the race’s continuity, the whole process generated some major headlines, so maybe it stays?
4. India – Pierre’s sources say a short stopover will likely happen in India, most likely for the benefit of the big sponsors and Volvo’s corporate bigwigs. A stopover will also serve to encourage India to start thinking about putting together a race team for 2017.
5. Hong Kong – Like China, but better. We’re not sure if this info would mean Sanya is out, especially given how keen China were on the Team Sanya effort being a warm-up lap for a real, fully funded effort with Moose Sanderson at the helm.
6. Auckland – ETNZ is in for another go-round, and Auckland was massively successful this past trip. Besides, it’s an ideal place to get ready for an assault on the Horn. Never mind that Auckland knows it, and pulling money out of them is like, well, pulling money out of kiwis generally. In other words, it ain’t easy.
7. Itajai – Again, a very successful 2012 stopover means another likely stop in the Brazilian beach town on the way North.
8. Newport – VOR would have you believe there is competition for this spot from Baltimore, but they just can’t handle another bad US stopover so Newport is the pick even if Baltimore had any money for Knut – which they don’t. Newport may not offer much cash, but its proximity to so many major metropolises (metropoli?) and the local community’s passion will make up for it. Miami told VOR to pound sand.
UPDATE: High-powered lobbyist/consultant Rob Housman is part of the team behind the Baltimore bid, and he made sure we knew that their bid is very real and very advantageous to the VOR’s objectives. He points to their 350,000 numbers from the 2005 stopover – which we believe to be hopelessly inflated – and the 1M people that checked out the Sailabration Tall Ships event this past summer to show their ability to attract a big crowd. While Baltimore’s inner harbor is an awesome amphitheater and they certainly have put a lot of effort into showing that they can pull it off, we’d hate to see yet another US stopover swallowed up by yet another large American city that doesn’t give a crap.
9. France – Another reasonably successful stopover despite the inevitable Scandinavian/British vs. French cultural conflicts. If Groupama honors its agreement with Cammas, it’ll work just fine.
10. Rotterdam – With Galway unhappy about its cash burn after the last race, Ireland is out, and a big European host port is important for sponsor business to business action. So Pierre’s Rotterdam rumor makes sense, and we’d love to see it in what is an extremely fun town.
11. Gothenborg – A Swedish finish has always made more sense than an Irish one for Volvo, and with their world HQ just outside “YoteBoyg”, why would you go anywhere else? More importantly, the rumors we’ve heard of a confirmed entry from Berg Propulsion, also located just outside the beautiful West Coast town, makes this a sure thing. There’s even been talk of a two-boat team from Berg…boss Hakan loves this shit, and for that, we love him.
That’s the latest and greatest from the digital coconut telegraph here at SA; hit the thread for more breaking news when it happens.
January 17th, 2013 by admin