Nautor confirm interest in the Volvo Ocean Race

But is it Dalton's boat?

Friday January 12th 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
A press statement issued by the Nautor Group - who build the Swan range of luxury yachts - was issued this morning, 12th January 2001. They commented, "The Nautor Group can confirm that they are investigating opportunities within the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002. At this stage, various options are being evaluated and considered. A full media announcement will be made within the next month."

This follows persistent rumours that Grant Dalton is involved in a Volvo Ocean Race campaign - and we're sure that madforsailing won't be the only people to make the link. The rumours were of a two boat campaign, and if I remember rightly (and I often don't) the winning skipper of the last Whitbread, Paul Cayard, is on the Nautor Board these days. But then Dawn Riley is also reported to be close to securing funding, as Ellen MacArthur told us in yesterday's webcast. All just idle speculation of course, but watch this space ...

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