djuicy winner


James Boyd spoke to djuice's Erle Williams about their incredible win in the Volvo's final leg
'Pigs might fly' you might have thought if just over 24 hours ago you'd been asked about the prospects of Knut Frostad's djuice taking line honours on the leg to Kiel. But win the Norwegian team did, showing boat speed and a tactical cunning that has been lacking previously in their programme. Part of the catalyst for their success has been Team New Zealand's Erle Williams (above), the hired gun who in La Rochelle was promoted effectively to skipper of the pink boat with legendary French navigator Jean-Bernot stepping off the sailing team, Knut Frostad moving into the chart table and Williams being put in charge of the tactical calls and having overall authority on board. "It's very hard to jump into a campaign like this where you don't know the players so well and you don't know the boats so well," said Williams, not used to having to justify something positive happening to the Norwegian campaign. "But we've done a really good job this time. We've been really well organised, we had a good game plan and just sailed really well. Everyone did their jobs. We just sailed well." One of the secrets to djuice's success was sailing light - they sailed with only nine crew and fewer sails. "I think sailing lighter in those conditions was certainly faster," Williams continued. "I think we were between 400 and 500kg lighter than we were previously - that's quite a lot of weight." Interestingly Tyco's Steve Hayles commented that they had taken 540kg off their boat. Williams said that they had also done considerable work on the weather. "Jean-Yves Bernot, our weather man, we worked with him before the race and he's very experienced. We had him up in an aeroplane twice before the start and just prior

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