'We work well together and when Nick and his team are on watch, l feel we are getting the most out of the boat.' says Tony, adding. 'Just as important, l feel confident that the boat is being driven well, very fast, but without that 'Gun Ho'out-of-control attitude when we are in high winds with big seas.'
Apart from Nick's vast experience, he is also well qualified in navigation, weather routing and on-deck procedures, and has the ability to set up systems to ensure the smooth running of the boat and good teamwork. Best of all he has proved to be a good driver in heavy weather - when it really counts.
During the past two days, the 'Daedalus' crew have experienced light winds, flat seas and a burning sun. That may sound great sailing conditions, but in reality, Tony and the boys are hell-bent on getting to Doha as quickly as possible to ready the Big Cat for the race ahead. Zulf JANNATTY, Tony's shore manager, who has gone along for the ride, put a fishing line over the side yesterday in the hope of catching lunch. No such luck. They finished up eating pasta, and not fried fish. Soon after, two fast powerboats with big outboards on the back suddenly appeared from nowhere and stopped a quarter of a mile ahead. These are pirate waters, and Tony reports a high degree of nervousness onboard. 'We kept going, and passed them with no more than a 200 yards between us. One of their number with a huge smile on his face, held up a big fish. We all smile, but kept going. We didn't want any trouble - or fried fish - at this stage!
'Lee BRUCE, 'Team Bullimore's' land-based weather router, predicted these light head winds. We hoped he would be wrong, but even from America where he is based, he called the conditions exactly right. He is predicting more wind later today, and can already feel the initial breeze on the side of our faces. Hopefully, we will be back in the fast lane later tonight.'