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Possible Kiwi Volvo race entry?

The NZ Herald has reported that there could yet be a New Zealand-flagged boat in the upcoming edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Team NZ-led Camper challenge finished second in 2011-12 Race - Click image for a larger image

There is just one Volvo boat left unassigned in the one-design VOR65 fleet, and it is understood a consortium led by America's Cup hero Craig Monk has paid the deposit for the boat.

A final decision will hinge on securing private investment over the next week.

The Volvo Ocean Race gets under way on October 22, 2017 from Alicante, Spain, with the first qualifying race - The Fastnet Race - just a month away.

The Kiwi-led campaign is very late to the event, but then they were the last to arrive for the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda and look what happened there!

There is an Volvo Auckland stopover in March 2018, and the organisers would love to have a Kiwi entry.

Volvo Ocean Race bosses also see an opportunity to capitalise on the groundswell of enthusiasm for sailing in New Zealand following Team NZ's America's Cup win.

At this late stage any New Zealand entry would struggle to put a strong crew together, with most of the big names in the sport already signed on with other teams.

But Grant Calder, managing director of the Auckland stopover, believes there is no shortage of Kiwi talent ready to take on the challenge.

It is believed that Volvo boss Mark Turner held a series of meetings with America's Cup Team NZ boss Grant Dalton, who made his name in the gruelling round the world race, during the America's Cup in Bermuda.

See the NZ Herald report by Dana Johannsen here

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Gerald New - Sailweb
20 July 2017 9:35 GMT


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