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25 May 2005, 04:54 pm
On Board MoviStar En Route To Galicia
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

Spain's entry to the Volvo Ocean Race, MoviStar is now on her final leg from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Sanxenxo in Galicia, Spain. Skipper Bouwe BEKKING (NED) reports on the journey so far...
'The freezing cold of the last leg from Wellington has been replaced with stifling heat, massive downwind speed has been replaced with a tedious up wind slog and adrenalin has been replaced with calm.

One thing that is the same is the stories we share and the laughter on deck. The crew is gelling nicely and the battle we won, sailing through the southern ocean, has made us a tight-knit unit.

The warm weather makes it easy as we don't have to peel off so many layers of clothing, but it still takes our bodies time to get used to having very little sleep. The good thing is that you have choice of bunks downstairs for your little powernap, as there are always a couple free.

We are testing and comparing the data 24/7 from our different sail combinations. Doing a long leg doesn't put any time pressure on us, as you can choose to sail 20 degrees higher or lower, and if we are not happy with the outcome of the results we can repeat it. Time is on our hands as we have no pressure to go back to port, to make dinner, or to change things on the boat.

Talking of optimisation, Rio has been very good in that sense, the shore crew did a great job, and forefilled our (way too long) wish list. Sometimes they do wonder why they make changes, but boys, just that you know, the long hours you all put in, haven't been for nothing, it is all working perfect as planned.

But we are looking forward to arriving in our homeport of Sanxenxo in Galicia, in northwest Spain. We have had so much support and interest from the local people and it will be nice to meet some of them face to face and to show them the boat in real life. Still a long way to go, but we have the mileage on display and are counting down the miles.

King Neptune gave us already an early surprise visit last night . He was there to collect the crime list of our two Spaniish first time equator crossers. Neptune was not happy when he saw the list, which is indeed very, very long. He tipped the first timers off already, that they can expect severe punishment for all these committed crimes. I have given Neptune my word that we won't be in racing mode when he arrives, so that he can make up for all the previous race passages, where racing came first and the equator crossing very often second. We let you know soon how 'bad' his visit was.

All the best from MoviStar' - Bouwe BEKKING

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