Ross Field on the Volvo


James Boyd spoke to the News Corp head about what should be done for the next Volvo Ocean Race
Kiwi former policeman and rugby player turned ocean racer, Ross Field (above) is a man not afraid to speak his mind. While his compatriots usually stick in the realms of 'Anglo-Saxon' racing such as the Volvo/Whitbread/America's Cup circuits, Field has branched out into new areas. For a while he was a regular skipper on the Maxi One Design circuit. He has taken part and won the Melbourne-Osaka two handed round the world race and was seriously attempting to mount a campaign for the last Vendee Globe Challenge and The Race (admittedly hard to do simultaneously). But Field is best known for his involvement in the Whitbread Round the World Race and now the Volvo Ocean Race. He went from crewing on NZI Enterprise in 1985/6 to being a watch leader on the all-conquering Steinlager II to being skipper of Yamaha, the Whitbread 60 winner from the 1993/4 race. After an aborted attempt on the 1997/8 Whitbread as skipper of America's Challenge, which made it no further than Cape Town before funds ran dry, he is now back with a vengeance as Campaign Director of Team News Corp, currently patting themselves on the back after a third place into Gothenburg. With this diverse background madfor sailing went in search of Field's inevitably controversial views on what should happen with the Volvo Ocean Race if it is to be held again in 2005/6. "I have put my recommendation to Volvo," says Field. "The chances of them going for multihulls is slim. They perceive them as being too risky and too dangerous. So I've recommended Open 60 monohulls, with the understanding that multihulls are my preference". Field is a big fan of the new generation of what Bruno Peyron has dubbed 'G-class' multihulls, ie the modern generation of maxi-cats and tris. For the first

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