Le Defi Areva's Sebastien Destremau gives the insider's view with just moments to go before race one
Hello there Time ...... a crucial ingredient ? With just a few days to go before the first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup series, the pressure is building in the Viaduct Basin. At the Defi Areva compound, the amount of jobs done by the 89 team members on the team is massive...however it seems like the job list is growing even faster. No matter what happens, the boat will be on the starting line Tuesday October 1st, ready to race the first opponent at lunch time. Time, it's the only thing that remains unstoppable and continues ticking....Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock Around 8pm after a long and hard day 'at the office', a big 'chunk' of the team is going home whilst the composite team is taking over for the night shift. They put on their white particle suits and throughout the night they will, sand, paint, grind, build, repair, modify all the bits and pieces that the sailors and designers have decided to try out. It is becoming common for the composite or sailmaking teams to still be at the compound when the sailing team arrives for their 6.45am daily fitness session. Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock Technical meetings are followed by the coordination briefing. After a sailing session in heavy weather, some members of the team would like the mainsail's shape to be altered when others would prefer the mast trim to be changed. Or, the parts of a new system just received are not perfect, or did not arrive as previously scheduled. Or, a group of 30 French journalists is due to arrive for the weekend and the marketing team wants everything to be spot-on. All these subject are discussed during mini-crisis meetings where somebody will come-up with ..... THE solution. Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock The design and marketing teams are