To succeed in the Volvo Ocean Race, it is critical to constantly improve. While lead teams Abu Dhabi and Dongfeng are approaching the plateau of their learning curve, Team Alvimedica still has some climbing to do.
“Improving our boat speed is our focus,” notes Alvimedica skipper Charlie Enright. “It’s no secret that Abu Dhabi and Dongfeng are a little bit quicker than the rest and as a result, their lives are navigationally and tactically a bit easier.”
One of the boats speed variables for the Volvo Ocean 65 has been the outrigger, a strut that extends the front sail sheeting angle outboard. It has also been a source of equipment failure.