At sea. Volvo Ocean Race: Ericsson had it tough in the Doldrums Print E-mail
Monday, 10 April 2006
John Kostecki – skipper:

We are currently hauling the mail in the northeasterly trade winds. Wind speed 20 knots, boat speed 20 knots. Very powerful boats these Volvo 70's yet very sensitive to sail combinations and the set up of the boat. We are learning tons about our new and improved sail inventory and how to get the best speed out of the boat.

We exited the doldrums early today after having a tough go versus our competitors. We found ourselves caught up under a couple of massive clouds that sucked the wind away, and watched as our competitors sailed away, but now it is totally different sailing. It is a full drag race for around the next 2000 miles across the trade wind section of this leg. This will be a real test on which team can get the most out of their boat.

Our Steiner binoculars have been coming in handy for the light air cloudy patches. We have been able monitor the cloud progression and our competitors by using this handy tool. We always keep the binos in a pocket up on deck, and these take a beating from saltwater emersion to being thrown and kicked around on deck.
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