March 11 2012 – Auckland NZ
After 20 days of racing the Volvo Ocean Race fleet has arrived in the Auckland - the city of sails. Given that fully a third of the sailors in the race call New Zealand home and the countries storied history in the race and it is no surprise that this is one of the most anticipated stop overs of any in the race. The Via Duct Basin has been transformed into the Volvo Ocean Race village and the place has a definite buzz about it. Something like 25,000 people came through yesterday even before any of the boats had arrived.
While the repairs and reprovisioning continue I will be working with the team here debriefing from the last leg, looking at what went right and wrong and working to re-mode the boat within the limited range of options we have for the expected conditions of Leg 5. Certainly a 5th place is not what we were after on this leg and I think it hurts more to be within 15 miles of second place after racing for 20 days. But the teams spirits are high and we will be ready to go on the next leg and show everyone what we are made of.
Stay tuned …
Britton Ward, Vice President/Senior Naval Architect
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- The Design Process and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
- The 2000 mile Qualifier aboard the VO70 by Luke Shingledecker
- Making the TP52 an even better IRC option
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- Key West Wrap Up
- Key West Race Week 2012