Rich Wilson, the only US sailor in the Vendee Globe has been featured by YachtPals.com in an interview. He is critical of US companies that don’t get sailing. It’s a subject that is close to our hearts at yachtsponsorship.com. Why is it that the country that turned niche sports like NASCAR into world beating commerical operations can’t get behind professional sailing? Its something that we want to get to the bottom of, so if you have an opinion, please comment below or send us an email.
How have you dealt with costs involved with this race, and what’s your experience with US sponsorship?
I didn’t want to do the Transat for a variety of reasons, including adding more cost to the whole thing. One of the things I see here is, because these races are unknown in the US, it’s very hard to find sponsors in the US. Gigantic missed opportunity for American companies. Gigantic! For an American company who wants to do business in France, it would have paid a 1000% return.
I called the Cultural Affairs office of the US Embassy in France, and said “I’m the only American sailor in this race, and US-French relations have been pretty poor these last eight years, so Use Me!” And they didn’t even know what the Vendee Globe was, let alone that there was an American in it. So, that’s, frankly, pretty pathetic.
Read the Whole Interview at http://yachtpals.com/rich-wilson-american-4013