Sailing Anarchy only logs about 30,000 readers annually from beautiful Denmark, but we do love our Scandinavian friends – and one of them took issue with our Vestas Wind story yesterday.
I would like to draw your attention to a small error. You reported yesterday that the Vestas Wind boat is the “the first-ever Danish-flagged Volvo entry”, but this is not true. SAS BAIA VIKING, a Kjaerulff 50, competed in the ’85/86′ Whitbread with skipper Jesper Norsk.
While we were technically correct (and mostly due to the handicap vs. box rule situation, we have always felt as though the Volvo Ocean Race was more of a descendent of the Whitbread than the same race), our new friend Niels is certainly correct to point out the Danish history in this race; one boat, the smallest in that year’s Whitbread, and it crossed the line last. We hope and expect the Vestas Wind team to do quite a bit better…
The full story is here in “BaadMagasinet”, including links and time stamps from the archived movie of the ’85 race.