The latest from Bouwe Bekking onboard Telefonica Blue.
Are the guys on Ericsson invincible? I still think not, but they are putting up a great show, not only having good pace, but as well solid navigation. Onboard Telefonica Blue I can see where our weak points are, and that is mainly the sails. Here we can make some big improvements, and again on this leg we learned heaps. We have decided not to build any new sails until we arrive in Singapore, so that we have a better understanding of what we want. Of course we have a direct comparison by looking at the numbers of our sister ship.
We have gained in a 3 hour sched against them, we know we sailed well. Still if the other competition is going a bit faster than us, we know we have work to do. We have to do some work in the range from 15 -20 knots, upwind. We thought we were fast, but three boats are always a tad quicker, and we know now why. Good thing for the forum to figure it out! I can imagine that some of you have come up with similar answers.