Sunday, 19 April 2009
Tom Addis reads the report, onboard Telefonica Blue, on leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston. Image copyright Gabriele Olivo/Telefonica Blue/Volvo Ocean Race.
by Bouwe Bekking (skipper)
The boats behind us have a nice race going on with hardly separation in between them. It always seems that by Rio most teams know how to get maximum performance out of their boats.
It is great to see that Delta Lloyd is doing so well. Of course I am still a bit Dutch, so I might swing a bit in their favour. But seeing them doing well, gives hope for the future, as more teams might pick up a boat from this race and enter for the following edition, with the knowledge that they can do well. Also we know there will not be major changes in the rule, so no big design improvements can be expected.
We have been going well and stretched away a nice amount, so it is up to us to keep this going until the finish. But we will compress again, as soon we start sailing in lighter air the others will gain quickly. It looks tricky ahead, so a matter of keeping our eyes open.
Volvo Ocean Race