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Out now: the Black Book lifts the lid on the business behind sailing

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30 September 2014 | ISAF,WMRT,Extreme Sailing,Vendée Globe,IMOCA,Clipper,Volvo Ocean Race,America's Cup,Media release

Out now: the Black Book lifts the lid on the business behind sailing

On the eve of the start of the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, a nine-month, 38,739 nautical mile voyager around the world, SportsPro is this week publishing the second edition of our annual Sailing Black Book.

Over 132 pages, we have once again delved into the business behind professional sailing to provide an unrivalled guide to the properties, events and people that matter.

This year’s edition includes:

- A team by team guide to the all-new, one-design Volvo Ocean Race, featuring exclusive interviews with executives running the seven teams taking the start in Alicante on 4th October: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Dongfeng, Team SCA, Team Alvimedica, Team Mapfre, Team Brunel and Team Vestas Wind.

- An exclusive interview, halfway through his first term, with the president of the International Sailing Federation, Carlo Croce, who outlines his plan for the new Sailing World Cup Final, due to be held for the first time this November, and looking ahead to the challenges presented by Rio 2016.

- A state-of-play analysis of early preparations for the 35th America’s Cup, as the new structure shapes up, featuring Sir Ben Ainslie, who is making his first challenge with his Ben Ainslie Racing team, and Stephen Barclay, the chief executive of the America’s Cup Event Authority for the 34th edition in 2013.

- Reflections on the past, present and future of the Volvo Ocean Race from Angus Buchanan, a former commercial director of the race and a man who, through his agency, The Sports Consultancy, is now helping organisers secure venues and stopovers for future editions.

- A review of the 2013/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the biggest ever edition for the property which allows members of the public to race around the world. Chief executive William Ward looks back and explains how the next edition, 2015/16, will look.

- At the end of a record-breaking season, Extreme Sailing Series event director Andy Tourell offers a revealing insight into how a property centred around close-to-shore ‘stadium sailing’ selects and operates its annual race venues.

- Alpari World Match Racing Tour executive director James Pleasance takes us through the evolving business model and the challenges and opportunities presenting themselves in the world of match racing.

- Peter Bayer, the chief executive of Open Sports Management, the agency set up last year by Sir Keith Mills to operate the Ocean Masters World Championship, charts the progress to date in commercialising, packaging up and globalising offshore sailing.

- A look ahead to Rio 2016, examining the much-discussed regatta venue in Guanabara Bay and the challenges facing Games organisers, ISAF and national sailing teams, including Australia’s performance director Peter Conde.

- Dedicated features on several other growing sailing properties: the M32 Cup, Barclays 52 Super Series and RC44 Championship Tour.

- Who is the most influential person in professional sailing? Larry Ellison was ranked first in the inaugural Sailing Black Book Power 20 in 2013, but who takes the crown this time?

- A sizeable global contacts directory, searchable by surname or company, featuring many of the most important people in the sailing world.

- A destinations guide, focusing on key sailing venues including the Danish city of Aarhus, Monte Carlo and Auckland, plus a gallery offering a flavour of the Alpari World Match Racing Tour and the build-up to the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race.

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