Volvo Ocean Race's new rudder - pt 2


In the second part of our interview with him the Volvo Ocean Race's new CEO Glenn Bourke talks budgets routes and timings.
We put it to Bourke that at the end of the Volvo Ocean Race, there seemed to be a consensus towards a bigger, cheaper boat with less sailors and less stops. “I would definitely say that they are the four key elements,” he agrees. “And I think we should be able to accommodate all of those, although obviously the tricky one is that as they get bigger, they don’t get cheaper. So it is a matter of finding out how we put together the package of the design of the boat to try and contain those costs. But I think all of those are a pretty common thread among about 90% of the respondents that we have.” His predecessor Helge Alten held the opinion that team budgets should be limited to $10 million, instead of the $15-20+ million of a majority of the more well-heeled campaigns. Bourke agrees with this, but again stresses the problem is how to limit this budget. “Possibly one boat,” he suggests. “Possibly limited not to be built before a certain time. But you can’t stop them. They could go and buy or use like-boats, which were similar to the rule and you really couldn’t stop that. But in terms of the construction of the race boat, the periodicity, the number of crew, the number of sails and cost of construction. There are certain things within our control that have a bearing on all of those things.” What seems almost certain is that there will be between 5-7 stops next time instead of the ball-breaking (and costly) nine of the recent race. “At the moment we have about two conceptual courses, both utilising the systems and trade winds around the globe for primarily downwind performance,” continues Bourke. “Basically what we’ll do is outline routes and then

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