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Volvo a damp squib?
Not sure what it is about this particular RTW race that seems to be failing to capture the interest of many sailors let alone the non-sailing public in general?
Just watched the start of the leg from Auckland to Brazil, to say it was a bit of a procession and akin to watching paint dry would be reasonable. As a spectacle, 6 boats bimbling along in light airs is not going to excite those brought up on a diet of reality TV, BASE jumping or NASCAR etc.
The inport racing doesn't come close to the likes of watching extremely fast foiling cats charging about close to the watching crowds.
It may be unfair to compare the VOR to The Route De Rhum, Sydney Hobart, The Fastnet even, but something appears to be sadly lacking. The racing of one-design yachts is turning out to be a series of legs where nobody takes a flier and the fleet appears to be held together by a large bungee cord.
I suspect some of the problems may lay with the marketing of the event and the choice of venues/route taking the race so far from its origins that it now appears like a floating series of expensive advertising hoardings accompanied by corporate razzmatazz.
Or is it me, and I am simply too critical? I ask the question in general terms as I don't know the answer, if in fact there is one.