The old campaigner

Grant Dalton talks about Amer One's progress and clears up a few rumours about the girls
The bronzed, athletic-looking figure who has just returned from his "Caribbean cruise" and sits before me hidden away in his Nautor Challenge portacabin in Miami, seems a little war weary. It has been a busy few years for Kiwi ocean racing legend Grant Dalton going from The Race straight into his role as the main motivating force running a late Volvo Ocean Race campaign, not to mention becoming a father for the third time during all this. Although he is still more than on top of Nautor Challenge's two boat campaign one gets the impression that June could not come soon enough. He has been quoted elsewhere that he is not particularly enjoying this race. "I think that's true to a point," he admits. "You live a love-hate relationship with these races anyway. I mean it is great being in Miami, I enjoy being in America, the sun's shining and it's better than being stuck in traffic down in Auckland, but I had to take some pain to get here..!" For Dalts it is the intensity of the race, the fact that he had a bad leg finishing sixth out of eight and that as a result he is not delivering to his sponsors, that is making him feel this way. "That is the worst result I've had in a Whitbread leg in my life," he says of his record that goes back five Whitbreads. "And I don't take that easily or well." "This wasn't a good leg for us," Dalton admits. "This in many ways was a watershed leg for us. Many campaigns reach a point in their lives where they either get better or they get worse. In our case I think we're there because of this leg through a speed issue. In retrospect we could have done this