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on imoca’s side

on imoca’s side

Yesterday’s breaking IMOCA news that the Europa Race was cancelled seems to have lit a fire under some posteriors, and according to a presser from the Open 60 Class, the “city of Barcelona today made public its desire to play host to those participating in the Europa Race in the best possible conditions, as well as expressing its support for the IMOCA class.” Maybe the loss of Turkey as the host for the race start isn’t that bad after all, especially given that almost no team sponsors even have interests in the area?

The reality on the ground is that the race is short of money thanks to fewer-than-expected entries. Most skippers are either too busy, too lazy, or just don’t want to beat up their boats and new sails prior to the real raison d’etre of the IMOCA Class – the Vendee Globe.

The public and the press always seem hungry for more IMOCA action, and the interest and exposure from a relatively inexpensive race like this one could help keep the class viable as the economy continues to dip – but only if Open 60 owners (who run the Class, BTW) step up..