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Reality

The real Volvo…
is nothing but work and more work. All the teams have been in Alicante
for a month, most of them working seven days a week, 12 hours every
day, with no days off. There are hundreds of problems to sort out…
the on board cameras don’t function properly, everything needs a measurement
certificate, the padeyes are leaking, the sails need massive recuts,
the rigging needs to be checked, the rams on the keels aren’t working
fast enough, the daggerboards won’t go up and down, the rudders need
modifications, and all this is before you have even gone sailing. Conditions
in this race are tough, even on land. There are power problems, problems
with the toilets overflowing, not enough space for the sails in the
lofts, not enough space for the rigs, not enough space for the boats
on the hard. The docks are a quarter mile walk from the bases, and the
local cafe doesn’t open until 10 in the morning; useless when you need
your first cafe solo at am.