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Out and About

Bouwe Bekking
files his first on board report from Telefonica Blue.

Both Telefonica boats had an easy first night out on their 2000 mile
qualifier, sailing in 7-14
knots of breeze. Most of the guys wear t-shirts as it is sticky warm.

“Telefónica blue” has been less than a week on the
water, but I am very satisfied with the outcome and preparation which we have done. But even this last couple
of days hasn’t been a holiday for the shore and sailing team.
To get the boat prepared the shore team have been working around the
clock, in a full 24 hour shifts. We have got a great bunch of guys and
all are putting their hearts into both boats. The public can follow
us the sailors, but they don’t realise that we sailors are very
depended on our guys and girls on the shore. A huge thanks on behalf
of both sailing teams to you all.

But as well I like to thank all the wives and families from everybody
involved. It hasn’t been easy for them. For example the sailors
are leaving every morning 07.15 for their gym session and are never
home before 21.00. Once home most of us crash on the couch, to tired
to have a proper conversation.

So here I am sitting again behind the computer. I have to admit that
the compulsory white painting inside makes it way more comfortable than
on the last generation boats. They were like black caves inside and
you were in the need of torch nearly all the time, here I can actually
see. The navstation itself is a glamour. Olectric, (who did the electronic
installation) and Si-Fi, navigator, have done a nice job with the lay–out.
Right now and I enjoy to sit in the pride of our boat, one of our luxury
F1 seats. One is in the navstation and the other one is in the media
station.

We are in fulltesting mode right now and the winches are spinning constantly.
It is awesome to have these two boats and having the opportunity to
test things out.

Over and out for the time being. Going back on deck.

Cheers,

Bouwe Bekking.