Ian Walker on the Volvo Ocean Race pt 2


Photo: Victor Fraile / Volvo Ocean Race
The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper contemplates the 'Boat Yard' and the form going forward
This article follows on from part 1 here Boat yard The advent of the new one design has also meant that in ports there is an odd division of labour between what each team’s shore crew is allowed to do and what work the Volvo Ocean Race’s Boat Yard carries out. Ian Walker explains: “We have to take the boat out of the water and put it in. The biggest jobs we have to do are all the paint work, cleaning, polishing, repaints of the bulb, fin, keel, rudders and then the deck. We service all the deck gear and we have to service the rig as well and take the rig down. There is a lot that we have to do. “Volvo has someone who looks over the engines and there’s someone from Harken who looks over the winches. Cariboni is there to service the hydraulics and keel stuff. Someone from Southerns is here to oversee the work on the rigs - even though they don’t actually physically do the work on the rigs. There are people here from the rigging company - you are only allowed to buy rigging from the one supplier, but they are here if you need anything. The sail work is all done by Volvo, but there is still work to be done – you still have to put cables in sails, do branding and fix bags and make bags.” And obviously if there is damage to the boat, then Volvo have boat builders on hand to effect repairs. Non-destructive testing of the boats - ultrasound, etc - also takes place during the stopovers. So there is still a requirement for each team to have its own shore crew. Abu Dhabi Ocean Race has six, led by the capable Guy Barron, and this compares to 16 the team had for

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