An Aussie abroad - pt2


Nick Moloney on maxi-cats versus Volvo 60s and his struggle with the French language
See part one of madfor sailing 's interview from on board Orange with crewman Nick Moloney Four years ago Moloney sailed round the world as part of the crew of Toshiba on the Whitbread. He says the experience compared with Orange was like chalk and cheese. On the catamaran because of the capsize or breakage risk you cannot afford to push hard. On the monohull it was very different. "It was 12 men frightened and out of control," he recalls. "They're memories I'll never forget. We'd wipe out, break everything, recover and then a day later it'd all happen again. With this thing you are always trying to maintain an element of control." Moloney had many offers to do the Volvo Ocean Race this time round but feels he made the right call to do the Jules Verne record attempt instead. "We're going to finish in 65 days and not nine months", he says by way of explanation. The big cat is also much drier. Although spray comes flying off the bows back towards the crew at 35 knots this is not the constant dousing from white water rolling down the deck and into the cockpit of a Volvo 60. "The thing about the Volvo boats is you're so much closer to the water," Moloney continues. "Obviously on deck you're got a lot facial armour and you're fully in a fire hydrant.. On the 60 you're using water ballast and you are so low to the water that you always have waves coming at you at chest height or head height. It is always wet and ALL I wanted was just to be dry. This thing [ Orange] is wet on deck and because it was so fast it was quite cold. We ran the heaters quite often. There were a few little

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