VOR Teams Take Away Important Lessons in Final Qualifying Race

Even with all the experience the Volvo Ocean Race skippers have, they’re still learning something new right up until the last moments of their preparations.

All six boats arrived back from the final qualifying race on Sunday and all of them learned plenty from the experience — from work that needs to be done on in-port race technique to a realization of just how close the real race is going to be.

Chris Nicholson, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand: “It has been a frustrating 24 hours but that’s all part of it. We have to manage light air zones a little bit differently next time – you live and learn. I actually enjoyed it right from the start to the finish. “We have a lot of in-port training to do — it’s something we haven’t focused on at all. We have a lot of work to do there. We’ll have time off later on once we know everything is ticked off. Our job list is just tiny little things.”

Franck Cammas, Groupama: “It was good — very good training. We had a good fight with CAMPER from the second night to the finishing line. We were close to them and it was good for team spirit. “I hope we can train more with other competitors before the in-port race because we have to learn — I have to learn as well — the fight with this type of boat. I hope we improve the crew work this next week.”

Ken Read, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG Propulsion: “It was a perfectly useful exercise up until the wind died. Hanging around all day yesterday for the wind to fill in was a bit of torture. Fortunately in the evening the breeze came back and got us home but it wasn’t looking good for a little while. “We learned some valuable lessons about ourselves and the other teams. If there’s one thing to take from this race was that our onboard communication got better. That’s a big one for us. We’ve always known that all the boats are going to be really fast and this race confirmed that. There are no dogs out there.”

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