Torben Grael update


 
The Ericsson Racing Team skipper brings us up to speed on his Volvo Ocean Race campaign
With the Volvo Ocean Race now just one month away, Torben Grael and his Ericsson Racing Team crew last week were in Porto Cervo competing in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Fortuitously they had been given the opportunity to campaign Neville Crichton’s new mini maxi Alfa Romeo 3 but with the boat being so new were struggling to get her up to speed compared to the well-refined IRC boats such as the Alinghi-sailed Numbers. Nonetheless they finished fourth overall in the Mini-Maxi class. In fact Grael looked a little sheepish when we asked him how much racing he has done this year. Personally he competed in the Star South Americans back in January with his son Marco, finishing fourth while younger brother Lars won. Obviously with his commitments to the Volvo Ocean Race, Grael was unable to defend the Gold medal in the Star he won in Athens (in addition to his Star Gold in Atlantic, bronzes from Seoul and Sydney and Soling silver from Los Angeles…) This year Brazil was well represented in the Star by the highly capable Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who ended up taking silver behind Percy and Simpson. “I think he was happy especially since he came from behind,” says Grael on how his fellow countryman performed. “I think if he’d been in the position Freddie Loof was in I think he’d have been very unhappy but coming from behind and getting the medal on the last day was a very good result. It is not easy to get medals every time.” Obviously there was some disappointment for Grael, the Olympic legend, in not competing in this Games. “Sometimes we have to take options in life and I am very happy with the option I made with Ericsson Racing Team and I hope everything

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