It’s less than 200 days now to the start of the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which will take the teams on a 46,000 nautical mile adventure across four oceans, six continents and 12 host cities. Founded in 1973, this event values highly its relationships with formal technical partners, many of whom participate at METSTRADE and welcomes input from a wide range of companies, as we found out when Volvo Ocean Race Director, Nick Bice, visited METSTRADE last November. Here he explains the importance of working with the marine community.
Read about the race last year in this previous article.
This will be the last race to utilise the current one design Volvo Ocean 65 mono hull and a brand new design is set to be unveiled in May, headed by France's Guillaume Verdier, one of the world's top naval architects, alongside his close collaborators.
Hi Nick Bice could you tell us about the results of the poll? And what your plans are to do with it?
Current numbers have a definitive leader - almost a landslide. 74% Monohull v 26% Multihulltwitter.com/.../850039363132166144
Great, thanks Nick Bice for sharing! How does this affect the next race?
It's really interesting to see on the VOR Twitter feed that a lot of the requests for monohulls are also for non-foiling monos and even outright suggestions for a return to traditional monohull designs of the past. So is that regressive in terms of thinking, or perhaps simply a recognition that the race might best be served with a class that remains relatively accessible (or even that the duration of the race is better in an extended format)?
Interested to know if anyone has any thoughts about this.