As many of the one-design keelboats are dry sailed and lack bottom paint, the ritual of the early morning swim to clean the hull during multi-day regattas is a common sight. Rarely a desirable chore, but a necessary evil to maintain a fast, clean hull surface.
However, as speed polishes now available can keep hulls clean for days, or even weeks at a time, the dreaded early morning swim is getting replaced with 20-30 minutes to apply a speed polish to the hull prior to regattas.
But what if your one-design of choice is a V0 65? With race legs taking upwards of three weeks or more, teams require something that tests very fast over long periods in the water and is easy to apply…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Volvo Ocean Race: Hull prep is nearly one design too, Editor