Touber joins VOR as Chief Operating Officer
Dutchman Tom Touber (left), who managed the ABN AMRO team in the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race and the Delta Lloyd campaign in 2008-09, joined the VOR at a crucial junction: just as the race is moving to a one-design class to lower costs and attract more participants and sponsors. “I believe his experience, passion and dedication to our Race will further strengthen our position,” VOR CEO Knut Frostad said of Touber.
Touber said he was keen to build on the success of the VOR as it moves to a high-performance, one-design 65-ft boats, starting with the next edition in 2014. “The fact that the barrier of entry for teams is lowered to 3 to 4 million euros per year makes this one-design ocean race an even better sponsor opportunity than ever,” he said.
The VOR dates back to 1973 and is sailing’s toughest, most prestigious trans-ocean event. An all-women crew, backed by global hygiene and forest products company SCA, has already announced it will be competing in the next edition in 2014-15