on board


Bouwe Bekking’s exclusive report for Sailing Anarchy as they arrive first through the
scoring gate of Fernando de Noronha at 19:58:56 GMT 16/04/09, securing 4
points, on of leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Rio de Janeiro to Boston
Photo Gabriele Olivo/Telefonica Blue/Volvo Ocean Race.

April 17, 2009

Not too bad having 4 more points in the bag for the Blues. Unfortunately for us the race leaders had another solid 2nd,  they don’t make many mistakes and of course are not slow either, but a gain is a gain, and it gives us the moral boost, knowing that we can beat them. It is not easy, but definitely not mission impossible. As long as we keep the pressure on them, their wheels might come off at one stage. Of course we had a nice gain against Kenny and his boys. They managed just to pip our team mates on Telefonica Black around the scoring gate in 4th place. You might call it lucky as they were about 5 miles behind with only 10 miles to go, but still they seem to pull the rabbit out of the hat when it counts. A very strong sailing squad.

So about 3500 to the USA and the town of Boston. I only know the airport, so it will be nice to see a new town. It will  be interesting to see the difference  between this town and Baltimore, both big cities, but can they appeal the public with a sailing event. I always thought that the few days in Annapolis were great, as there were huge crowds, who all know about sailing.

But still more than 12 days to go before the judging is starting. Anyway, it will be nice to get to country where everything works and where you can communicate without problems.