VOR CEO Knut Frostad talked to us after the Cape Town restart of the Volvo Ocean Race.
KF: I think from the racing side it was as good as it could be, with close racing, five different boats leading the first part of the leg, constantly fighting for position – I can’t recall that happening before.
SA: I can’t recall seeing boats set off at 25+ knots and then 20 minutes later sitting totally becalmed.
KF: No, that was pretty amazing, that’s for sure. We have good race going on and we hope it will stay that way.
SA: It seems like the teams are just more competitive than the last time – the field is deeper. Do you agree?
KF: Definitely. All the teams are better prepared, they have been sailing more, they have the boats in better shape. I think you’ll find that the best crew from the last race, the ABN guys are spread among four or five boats I think, so that really brings the new guys up to speed quicker, which is pretty good.