An invitation to share his passion for ocean racing at the HISWA Amsterdam boat show was readily accepted by Wouter.
In a fully packed auditorium, with just standing room left for the last audience Wouter spoke of Hollands long history in ocean racing, and even though there currently are no Dutch sailors involved with the Volvo Ocean Race, there is still large following of it in Holland. The Netherlands are holding the fourth spot in number of followers on the Volvo Ocean Race website. The Volvo Ocean Race game also has a strong following in the lowlands amongst it's 270.000 users.
"Top international racing, combined with human drama makes ocean racing such an unique sport. You can see that peoples eyes light up immediately when talking about our ups and downs. They get engaged. It makes for an exciting conversation."
Asked how we can get a Dutch entry again in the Volvo Ocean Race, Wouter answered:
"The Volvo Ocean Race is the ultimate team event. In previous races the Dutch have been known for their thorough preparation and determination as a team. I have no doubt that we can gather our forces again to bring a competitive entry on the starting line. Such an endeavor takes time and need to grow. As such we are looking closely at the Open 60 class first, which provides high level ocean racing at a very affordable budget, with a great environment to sharpen skills as a team, and show what we can do for our financial and strategic partners."
Standing room only as Wouter Speaks at HISWA