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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.
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Re: Volvo a damp squib?

I've found myself completely forgetting it was even happening. That is unusual since I've been interested since the Whitbread days. Too few boats, too few interesting characters, a horrible website, poor coverage and they seem to have managed to pick light wind for all the live parts which probably doesn't help.

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Re: Volvo a damp squib?

the variables in racing, the wind, the waves, the weather do not play a part because they did not design some boats for light winds and some others for heavy. all the boats are the same and the only people that can see the differences in rig tune and sail handling are the sailors themselves. one design racing is very boring unless you are in the boat.

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I have been beyond fascinated by the VOR & follow it every day......but that's just me
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Re: Volvo a damp squib?

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.....akin to watching paint dry.....
Paint dries much faster than a 40,000 mile race, even at 20 kts.

I find it fascinating human endurance, but not a spectator sport at all.


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Re: Volvo a damp squib?

Sounds like I'm an outlier, but I'm digging it.

Great youtube HD videos of in port races and starts. Interesting drama like hitting a island at 18kts at night. One design takes out the rather boring aspect of watching the computer predictable results of engineer vs. engineer on the drawing table. Delayed start for a cat 5 typhoon. Tin can-like carbon hulls banging off big seas while you're belted in to the pivoting carbon fiber head. All womens crew holding their own offshore, and winning the in port races.

More adventure than flying around SF Bay with helmets on IMHO, then headed for drinks at the SF yacht club.

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Re: Volvo a damp squib?

Pretty even split, but only 5 responses since OP?

Still, the racers are somewhere I would not wish to be in conditions that I would not wish to be, I raise my hat to them for their efforts!
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Re: Volvo a damp squib?

Mabinogion,

At least on this site, I think you win, looks like apathy is widespread, and I am the outlier!
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Re: Volvo a damp squib?

I blame poor coverage. Good coverage has completely transformed professional poker, which is a sport that's been on TV for a long time. I even found myself following sumo wrestling with interest due to some awesome commentating on the european channel that was covering it.

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Re: Volvo a damp squib?

Some of the interweb videos are very good...at least the ones about actual sailing. Couldn't care less about their personal lives. If you have a "smart" tv, you can play the videos on your tv too which is great. My 6yo daughter is a big fan of Team SCA and their pink boat. heheheh
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