Video: On board Ericsson 4


 
In Boston, we joined Torben Grael & co for Friday's practice race
On Friday in the practice race prior to Saturday's In Port, we were fortunate enough to go for a sail on board Volvo Ocean Race leader, Ericsson 4 with Torben Grael, navigator Jules Salter, tactician Stu Bannatyne, Brad Jackson and the posse. The practice session included two starts followed by a race proper and provided the opportunity to see how they 'do it' on board. It should be pointed out that despite this being 24 hours out from the Boston in port race, their inshore gear (such as the spinnaker line-drop system) was not on board - as for them, as well as the other teams, it only arrived the morning of the In Port... Also at the kite drop, you will see on the video, the A4 gets stuck and we have to carry on beyond the leeward gate. This was due to a problem with the halyard lock - one of the first they have had of course... This video is 20 minutes long and can be viewed here NB: This video are formatted to play in Windows Media Player and are LARGE in size - therefore only suitable for those with a suitably fast broadband connection. They should play out as they download. Mac users can now view .wmv files by downloading a suitable add on to Quicktime - for example we use Flip4Mac which works a treat. The only noticable difference is that while the clip will play out while downloading on a PC in Internet Explorer, on a Mac it must download first.

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