Can Jez do it again?


madforsailing speaks to News Corps skipper Jez Fanstone, about life in the fast lane of the Volvo Ocean Race
A happier man would be hard to imagine than the Jez Fanstone (above) who stepped onto the dock in Baltimore, having tasted his first victory in the Volvo Ocean Race aboard News Corp. Although the Newsmen had opened out a small lead coming into the Chesapeake Bay, this was quickly eroded once inside the bay and Fanstone said they had once again found themselves inextricably linked alongside Assa and illbruck. "We headed off on starboard not heading at the mark and had a chat about what we were going to do and we ended up taking a course more to the west of the course and it paid off". They regained their four mile lead and managed to hold on to it despite a strong last minute challenge from Amer One heading into lighter and lighter winds as they approached the finish. "We got all the ingredients right. We had good speed, a good choice of sails and the boys sailed really well all the time," explained Fanstone of their success. "We stayed pretty close to the course and the fleet. The last move was a calculated thing and it made the break for us". On board the dynamic at the back of the boat had changed for the last leg with co-skipper, navigator and project boss Ross Field stepping off due to health problems relating to a motorbike accident he had prior to the start of the race and meteorologist/navigator Nick White climbing back on board. Also gone was Steve Cotton and from Rio on Jeff Scott. Jez says that for the leg White would get all the weather information while new recruit Matt Humphries would present the options to himself, Barney Walker, Gordon McGuire and Stuart Childerley. "We had good brains there to take in the options,"

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