How to win the Volvo Ocean Race pt2


James Boyd completes his review of 'how illbruck did it'
Continued from yesterday's article... One of the few luxuries illbruck didn't take up was building two new boats like ASSA ABLOY, djuice and Nautor Challenges. "We talked about building a second boat," says Kostecki. "But we had the two older boats, we had more time and we could do a lot of the testing before we built the new boat. It's normally quite a scramble building two new boats. It's just a scramble to do testing then and keep the boats running". Instead they had Irishman Killian Bushe and a team build a single new boat for them incorporating all the R&D and test work they had carried out. Bushe was chosen because he had constructed, Knut Frostad's Innovation Kvaerner, the lightest boat in the 1997/8 race. For the sails, the team were equally meticulous. Sail designer Ross Halcrow was signed up for the campaign at the same time as Kostecki, but the team also got on board Rob Hook of North Sails PRG group who had been responsible for the EF sail development programme and who is now with OneWorld. "We started off our sail development programme in April 2000," Halcrow told madfor sailing. Among other things, they were looking at Code Zeros where the mid-girth restriction from the previous race had been removed. "We got a lot of good sailing conditions in Spain. But it made sense to go to Australia to do some Southern Ocean testing and that's one of the reasons I think why we won the two Southern Ocean legs." Over the course of their training illbruck moved from Vigo to Perth, to Sydney (for the Sydney-Hobart and then ending up in Auckland) and then to Charleston, South Carolina. Among the 100+ sails built for their campaign over four years, illbruck started the race with two

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