by Andreas Hanakamp (skipper)
It hurts, but we have to realise that our strategy from five days ago didn’t work out; it was already quite obvious 36 hours ago, now it’s safe to accept that we will not overtake anyone on an easterly route.
Still, we are happy that we tried, that we had an analysis, discussions, and a decision we believed in and that we did go for it. It looked good for some time, which seemed to confirm our theory and then it turned really bad and we were stuck in a windless hole with no options left. It doesn’t mean we surrender, we were prepared to take the blow and we get on with it. But we will keep looking for better solutions than just rhumbline sailing.
There are still endless 600 miles ahead of us and not a lot of breeze. Currently we are on the wind against 7 knots of breeze from where we want to go. That’s ocean sailing as well, that’s what connects us with the seafarers of old age. On the sea, the desert and the mountains, you are with nature, that’s why we are out here.
Volvo Ocean Race