Volvo Ocean Race makes 1-day Dutch pit stop
THE HAGUE – The 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race will make a brief “pit stop” at The Hague _ a tip of the hat to Team Brunel of the Netherlands which recently announced its participation in the VOR’s 12th edition. Shortly after Team Brunel came on board, the professional training company Schouten Global, a co-sponsor of Team Brunel in 2014-15, said it planned its own Dutch campaign in the 2017-18 VOR.
The boats are due to arrive here Friday, June 19, 2015, coming from Lorient, France. They’ll continue the last leg to Gothenburg, Sweden, on June 20. Their departure will be based on the June 19 arrival time gaps. “The Netherlands is, like New Zealand, a place where sailing in general _ and the Volvo Ocean Race in particular _ has a high awareness and a long history. We want to support that,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. The harbor and the breakwaters in The Hague will be excellent viewing sites.
The Netherlands in the VOR:
- The 2014-15 VOR will be the 2nd time The Netherlands is on the race route. The 2005-06 VOR featured a Rotterdam stopover. The 2008-09 edition went past 2 offshore waypoints.
- Bouwe Bekking, Team Brunel skipper in the upcoming VOR, was the last Dutch skipper in 2008-09 with Telefónica Blue. The 2014-15 VOR will be his 7th participation in the race.
- ABN AMRO ONE, skippered by Mike Sanderson (NZL), won the 2005-06 VOR. It was the Netherlands’ 3rd victory in VOR history. Conny van Rietschoten won 1977-78 and 1981-82 Whitbread Round The World, the VOR’s precursor, in Flyer and Flyer II. He remains only skipper to have won the VOR twice.
- Hans Bouscholte and Roy Heiner (both 1997-98 on BrunelSunergy) were the last Dutch skippers with a Dutch VOR entry.
- The last Dutch VOR campaign was Team Delta Lloyd in 2008-09