Mark Turner kliver av VOR + ändrade planer

Volvo tog ju in Mark Turner för att förnya och förändra – och på den punkten har han ju levererat. Kanske lite för bra för en ganska konservativ ägare?

Med tanke på hur sena man har varit med att få in projekt, och hur mycket man har på sitt bord inför nästa race, så kanske det är naturligt att stanna upp och fundera lite?

Det var väl inte så att Knut Frostal lämnade över ett dukat bord, utan man har fått börja från scratch på ett antal området. Därför är det kanske förvånande att man försökte göra allt på en gång… Det skall bli spämnnande att se vem som tar över – och var Mark dyker upp igen. Han är en av de som har en tydlig vision för vår sport, och som vågar tänka stort, men han kanske trivs bättre i en verksamhet med färre intressenter.

Volvo reconsiders schedule for future Volvo Ocean Races

Following discussions with key stakeholders it has been determined that additional planning time is required to implement the recently announced changes to the race schedule. As a result, the proposed 2019-20 race in new boats will not take place as planned. A revised schedule for future Volvo Ocean Races will be announced as soon as possible. Volvo remains committed to ensuring that any planned changes deliver long-term sustainable benefits to the race and participating teams.

The design work on the exciting new Super 60 concept, at the forefront of foiling offshore monohull technology, continues.

The current 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race is completely unaffected by this change and will proceed as publicly announced.

As a consequence of this review to the race schedule the current CEO for the race Mark Turner has decided to step down from his current position. He will remain in the CEO role until a successor is appointed, a search for which has started.

“Whilst we regret the fact that Mark has decided to step down from his current role, we are grateful for the hard work and contribution over the last 16 months. The leadership team Mark has put in place will ensure the race remains both a world class sailing and business platform and we wish him all the best for the future,” says Henry Stenson, Chairman of the Volvo Ocean Race supervisory board.

“Although I have decided to step down from my position, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the Volvo Ocean Race at this important time. I am confident the 2017-18 race will be one of the best ever,” says Mark Turner.

Volvo Ocean Race ready for start of race in October 2017

The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race will start in Alicante on October 22, 2017 and finish in The Hague in June 2018, visiting 12 stopovers (Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg, The Hague) in the epic around the world adventure covering 45,000 nautical miles. The race will be made up of 7 highly qualified and professional sailing teams, including some of world’s most accomplished and experienced sailors.

The teams are: Team AkzoNobel, Dongfeng Race Team, MAPFRE, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, Turn The Tide on Plastic and Team Brunel.


Q: Will there be an impact on the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race?

A: No impact on the current edition of the race is expected. Mark Turner’s role was primarily focused on future strategy. The Leadership Team is very well prepared and ready to deliver an outstanding sporting and sponsorship experience. Mark Turner will remain as CEO until a successor is appointed.

Q: It was announced in May that future races would be held in a two year cycle, rather than the current three year cycle, has that changed?

A: AB Volvo and Volvo Cars are committed to developing the race going forward as announced in May, including optimizing the race cycle. However, following discussions between the two owners of the event, it has been determined that in order to fully implement the announced changes additional planning time is required, specifically in relation to the race cycle. A final decision will follow at a later stage.

Q: It was recently announced that the next Race would start in 2019, is that still the case?

A: Following discussions between Volvo companies, it has been determined that in order to fully implement the announced changes additional planning time is required, specifically in relation to the race cycle. A final decision on this will follow at a later stage. This rules out a race start in 2019 with new boats, however the Volvo Ocean Race leadership team is developing plans to ensure activation opportunities and stakeholder return using the existing boats.

Q: A number of additional initiatives were announced in May aimed at developing the sporting and commercial value further, are these other initiatives still going ahead?

A: Yes, that is the intention.


  1. Lars M Sep 26, 2017 Reply

    Det kanske blev lite för mycket (och kanske för dyrt) att bygga de nya enskrovsbåtarna och de nya americas cup liknande kattorna till 2019 ?

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    Peter Gustafsson Sep 28, 2017 Reply

    Nu med video där Mark drar sin version.

  3. Sam V Sep 28, 2017 Reply

    Whaddabout America’s Cup? Enskrov, 10-12 pers ombord, nationalitetsregel, pre regattas, Louis Vuitton ryker, Prada tar över. Foiling? Hur mycket entyp? Kostnader? Auckland? Dags för blur att ta upp trash talket? Saknade det under AC35.

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      Peter Gustafsson Sep 28, 2017 Reply

      Hade ju några inlägg, men intresset var ju lite svalt, I alla fall för att diskutera – även om de flesta nog kollade ändå:

      Dagens annonsering:

      Details confirmed:
      Monohull – 75ft, design details revealed Nov 30. 10-12 on the boat.
      Cyclors not banned.
      Teams can run two boats – TNZ will have two.
      Probably see longer races than Bermuda – Around 40 mins. Include longer pre-start and up-wind start.
      Nationality – Citizenship defined 20% of sailors must be from one country – Rest of sailing team must meet strict criteria of residents of 380 days in country from 1 Sep 2018 to 1st Sep 2020
      Event – Intent is Auckland, 2021 – but no infrastructure exists. Must start by mid next year. No host city agreement. If not in Auckland – event will go to Italy.
      Pre-regattas – Events in 2019, 2020 in the AmCup race boats. Challenger series will be organised by Challenger of Record (Luna Rossa)

      • Sam V Sep 28, 2017 Reply

        Ska försöka bidra. Vi är många nördar härute.

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    Peter Gustafsson Sep 28, 2017 Reply

    30th November 2017: AC75 Class concepts released to key stakeholders
    1st January 2018: Entries for Challengers Open
    31st March 2018: AC75 Class Rule published
    30th June 2018: Entries for Challengers Close
    31st August 2018: Location of the America’s Cup Match & The PRADA Cup confirmed
    31st August 2018: Specific race course area confirmed
    31st December 2018: Late entries Deadline
    31st March 2019: Boat 1 can be launched
    2nd half of 2019: 2 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
    1st February 2020: Boat 2 can be launched
    2020: 3 x America’s Cup World Series Preliminary Events
    10th-20th December 2020: America’s Cup Christmas Race
    January & February 2018: The PRADA Cup Challenger Selection Series
    March 2018: The America’s Cup Match

    • Sam V Sep 29, 2017 Reply

      Värt en egen post :-)

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