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TELEFONICA BLUE: 'WE HAVE TO WORK HARD TO KEEP THE BOAT IN THE GROOVE'

April 13, 2009 @ 19:05:10   Foto Gabriele Olivo/Telefonica Blue/Volvo Ocean Race

Sail changes, onboard Telefonica Blue

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Hi there,

It would be fair to say the mood onboard is of quiet concentration, everyone is focused on maintaining the lead we have managed to build so far and are keen that we are always getting the best from the boat.
Although the wind has filled in somewhat and we are no longer drifting around, it is shifty and gusty meaning that we have to work hard to keep the boat in the groove.

Tactically things are working out OK, it is merely speculation but it would seem the pack behind have been playing a little cat and mouse with each other, forcing them to go lower and faster, which for now has played into our hands as we remain happy with our windward position on the fleet. It is now a case of making subtle changes to our course to defend our position and hopefully maximize the opportunities to extend when they present themselves.

On board life is good, the weather is good, the sun is shining and we are making good miles. Gabri (Gabriele Olivo) has excelled himself once again on the food too. Having given us an entirely new menu for this leg, meaning that mealtimes include a bit of curiosity as to what is being cooked, as opposed to relief or dread depending on whether it is something you like or not! It has been so far so good on that front too as all the new freeze dried meals have been well received thus far. With that said, it is time to take myself, and my once again full stomach to bed for a few hours of rest before the next sail change!


Cheers,


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