Is it slow - yes or no?


John Greenland quizzed djuice dragons skipper Knut Frostad about their Davidson design
Right from the word go the sailing community questioned djuice's decision to select Laurie Davidson as the designer for their two boat Volvo Ocean Race campaign. Though Davidson, 73, is an accomplished America's Cup class designer, his experience with the Volvo Ocean 60 rule is limited to the djuice campaign. Meeting the critics half way and having the Farr design office produce lines for one of the boats could have at least proved the Davidson designed boat was on the pace or not, however this option was never taken. The team are lie in seventh place overall, with just Lisa McDonald's all-women crew on board Amer Sports Too behind them, after three legs. All the teams also counting a poor result (outside top five) have at least finished with one podium finish - unfortunately the djuice boys have not. It is not surprising that questions continue to be asked of Norweign team's boat. Prior to leg four in the Volvo Ocean Race - the second Southern Ocean leg and theoretically the most suitable leg for the 'fat bottomed' boat - madforsailing.com's John Greenland caught up with skipper Knut Frostad to talk about the thoughts of his competitors. Does the skipper himself think he has a slow boat? "You can always want more speed, but we have a boat that’s really fast downwind," said Frostad. Unfortunately the skipper, covered head to toe in pink clothing, has seen very little downwind sailing over the 19,000nm so far covered by the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. Though it is possible to follow the race with incredible detail using Virtual Spectator it is still very difficult to see whether Frostad really does have a downwind flyer as the skeds occur every six hours where anything can happen from teams ripping sails, running into weed, to wiping out.

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