'Only short memory can explain why I'm back', joked FROSTAD, 'but, seriously, these legs are the best part of the race. Facing such big challenges gives another dimension of the sport itself. And I'm not even counting that there's nothing better than getting to Rio de Janeiro, looking back and seeing what you've survived.' The Volvo Ocean Race's (VOR) fleet is scheduled to arrive in Rio on 13 March, after 23 bruising days at sea.
FROSTAD already has three round the world races in his resume. He was second overall in the Whitbread Round the World Race 1993-1994. Four years later in the 1997-1998 race he skipped the Norwegian entry Innovation Kvaerner, the same team that gave Brasil 1's skipper, Torben GRAEL (BRA) his first opportunity to sail in the event. In the last VOR he was skipper for Djuice Dragons, who finished sixth overall.
The Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 will have two stages in the Southern Ocean. The first one will start in Cape Town, South Africa, and finish in Melbourne, Australia. The second stage begins in New Zealand's capital Wellington and finishes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is by no means easy sailing as GRAEL explains: 'To have an idea of how difficult theses legs are I compare them to driving an articulated bus moving 100 km per hour.'
Outside of the boat, FROSTAD has another function in the Brazilian Team as an advisor. When director Alan ADLER and GRAEL were discussing who would sign Brasil 1's project, the Norwegian had a quick answer: 'I pushed for Farr Yachts because we didn't have much time to develop the boat. In the last race, Djuice was the only non-Farr boat in the race. Although in some situations we were fast, in others we were really slow. Farr has a conservative approach and is always a safe approach', FROSTAD explained.
Brasil 1 is being built in Indaiatuba, in São Paulo's countryside. The end of the construction is scheduled for May and the christening will occur in June. The crew is formed of Brazilians Torben GRAEL, Marcelo FERREIRA, Kiko PELLICANO, André FONSECA and Joca SIGNORINI; Australians Adrienne CAHALAN and Justin CLOUGHER; Spaniards Guillermo ALTADILL and Roberto 'Chuny' BERMUDEZ; New Zealander Stuart WILSON and; Norwegian Knut FROSTAD.