Putting Team Brunel through its paces
LANZAROTE _ Team Brunel, the Dutch entry in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, has settled down at its Canary Islands training base after putting its Volvo Open-65 through its paces on a maiden voyage from Southampton. It was an eventful and educational inaugural run. Zeilen magazine talked to Skipper Bouwe Bekking and crew and wrote down his first impressions:
“On back stay reaches the one-design Volvo-65 and its predecessor (Volvo-70) perform evenly. The 65 runs very well. Sailing close hauled and during racing the 65 is a good deal slower. About 15 to 20%.
“That has to do with the rating moment. The (keel) bulb is relatively light. That’s why it goes deeper to keep the boat’s overall weight down. The 65 is a tad shorter than the 70, which makes a difference. Because the boat is lighter, you feel it has less stability. They predicted the 65 would be a less wet than the 70, but at full speed you still take on tons of water. Although: going close hauled it is visibly dryer.”
“We spent 400 days putting this campaign together. Now we see everything accelerating. It means we have to improvise at times. Not everything has yet been nailed down. Our (gear) containers are not here yet. And we work hard to get the training base up and running. If you look at SCA’s all-women’s boat which also has its training base on Lanzarote, you see a shore crew of 20 to 30 people. We try to do this just by ourselves. It is what it is!”