Heiner quits 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race bid
LELYSTAD _ Team Heiner, organizer of a range of sailing events, has abandoned its bid to enter a 2nd Dutch boat in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. That leaves Team Brunel the only Dutch entry in the next round-the-world event that starts in Alicante, Spain, in early October.
After its successful 2005-06 ABN AMRO campaign, Team Heiner looked for sponsors in subsequent races. It said on its website it was “in touch with hundreds of companies in recent years. We came very close with several parties but, in the end, failed to secure participation” in the next VOR.
Team Heiner is led by South African-born Roy Heiner, 54, (photo) who sailed for the Netherlands at 3 Olympic games. He has participated in 3 Volvo Ocean races and in the 2003 America’s Cup on BMW Oracle.