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QUOTABLE: ‘Mange’ comments on the Volvo Ocean Race

Published on April 22nd, 2013

“It’s changed a lot from the early days when you went on an adventure and you didn’t care too much about the result. Then it became more of a race and it was important to at least finish and then to do well too. Now it’s all about winning. The sailors are all top sportsmen at the top of their game. Perhaps though, that means we have lost some of the characters from the early days, but that’s where the race has gone. It is really difficult for me not to be involved and I would love to be jumping aboard one of these boats. People tell me that I am too old and not nearly good enough. That is all true of course but it doesn’t stop me wanting to take part. I think they should have a rule in future races that each boat has to take two over-50 year olds.” – Magnus Olsson, 6-time competitor of the Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Race (1985-86 to 2008-09)

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