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  1. Peter Gustafsson
    Dec 30, 2010 @ 22:26

    Wouter Verbraak will be temporary replacement for Alex Thomson allowing Hugo Boss to start the Barcelona World Race

    Following the emergency appendectomy of skipper Alex Thomson The Hugo Boss Sailing Team have been given permission to start the Barcelona World RACE with a temporary replacement co-skipper as partner to Andy Meiklejohn (NZL).

    The temporary substitute will be professional navigator and meteor routing expert Wouter Verbraak (NED), who has worked with the team for many months helping in the preparation of Hugo Boss, particularly with the navigation systems and helping the duo with their weather studies.

    Vebraak, known in crewed racing as ‘Wouter the Router’ has considerable experience in weather routing for IMOCA Open 60 teams and has raced in crews with Meiklejohn. He competed in the crew of the IMOCA Open 60 Estrella Damm on the last Istanbul Europa Race, but has very few actual hours sailing on the Juan Kouyoumdjian designed Hugo Boss.

    The decision to allow the replacement co-skipper to form a temporary crew with Meikeljohn was given the unanimous backing of the other competing skippers.

    Wouter Verbraak(NED):Quotes:

    “ I have very little experience physically sailing on the boat, but I’ve been involved with Alex Thomson racing and Alex for a long time because we’ve been working together on weather and routing strategies. So I’ve been always into the systems and know the specifics of the boat so you know we’ve had a good run through months ago.”

    But actual hours on the boat?

    Very few.

    You’re qualified as a replacement skipper having done the Volvo race ?

    “Yes, correct.”

    How are you going to operate for the first few hours or days?

    “ One of the choices for me as a substitute skipper was that I have a very complimentary set of skills to Andy, and Alex, so we’re ready and I think the key o the race, which is endurance, will be preparation. All those things are still in place. I’m amazed by the preparation of all the team and how well organized the boat is, so I’m pretty confident.”

    Are you excited about it?

    “ It’s a fantastic boat to sail and I’ve worked a lot in the Open 60 class before. I did the Round Europe Race last year and I was involved from a router’s point of view for almost 10 years with this class. So I know a lot about the developments, sail developments, the way to sail these boats, I’ve always had a lot of interaction with the guys on the boats, so I have a considerable knowledge in that way.”

    Will you be keen to get off when the time comes for Alex to take over?

    “ Yes and no. I haven’t prepared fully to do a round the world race, so with my family it will be good to just do these 10-14 days and be done with it. But really the focus is to do a good job.”

    Do you feel confident you could do a good job?

    “ Obviously the forecast is looking favourable for me to get into it all. There’s not a 40 knot front coming through in the first two nights so we have some time to get into the system, and there’s some difficult decisions to be made in the first 24 hours to 4 days, but these are mainly tactical.

    Andy Meiklejohn(NZL) quotes:

    How are you feeling?

    “ To be honest I’m feeling relieved now it’s official, we’ve got the confirmation from the race committee. The waiting’s been really hard, so many decisions to be made and it’s easy to listen to speculation.”

    Presumably there’s a time you were thinking you wouldn’t go?

    “ Yes, that was realistic and that was one of the possible options. Nobody wanted that, and fortunately everybody’s worked together to find a suitable solution”

    How confident are you of sailing the boat at something close to potential?

    “ Oh definitely we can push the boat to its potential, but there is the lack of knowledge on the boat – you know Alex’s experience on the boat is being replaced by Wouter, who’s an incredibly experienced sailor but not experienced on this boat. We’re going to be selective with our times when we sail to the maximum.”

    What will be your key strategies for the first part of the race?

    “ The key strategies will be to get each other into a routine, it’s going to be a little different because I know the boat so I’m going to have to be around a lot more for everything. So were going to split the roles a little bit differently, you know Wouter will do a lot just of navigation, I’ll do a lot more of just sailing, whereas with Alex we’d share it more. So the focus is just going to be to get this routine going and get Wouter more confident with the boat. And not panic. He’s a fantastic navigator, a Volvo navigator and America’s Cup navigator so we’re not losing anything in the technical side, it’s just us developing a routine and keeping the boat in one piece.”

    Wouter Fact File

    :Date of birth: 16th November 1975

    Place of birth: Eindhoven

    Lives: Norway

    Sailing: Over 10 years experience

    2009 Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) as Navigator of ‘Delta Lloyd’

    2009 1st in the Halifax Ocean Race as Navigator of ‘Rambler’

    2009 1st in Cape Town – Bahia as Navigator of ‘Rambler’

    2009 3rd in Istanbul Europa Race as Navigator of IMOCA 60 ‘Estrella Damm’

    2008 Volvo Ocean Race as Navigator of ‘Team Russia’

    2008 Buenos Aires as Navigator of ‘Rambler’

    2007 1st in Middle Sea Race as Navigator of ‘Rambler’

    2006 1st in the Maxi Worlds as Navigator of ‘Alpha Romeo’

    2005 1st in the Transat Jacques Vabre, weather routing the IMOCA 60 ‘Virbac, Sill’ ORMA 60 ‘Geant’

    2000 Line honours Sydney to Hobart

    Wouter Verbraak is a highly experienced offshore racer, having raced the VOR several times, as well as many other prestigious races such as: The Oryx Quest, The Middle Sea Race, Cape Town to Bahia Race and The Sydney to Hobart. He has advised sailors on strategy and weather in many ‘grand prix’ races such as: The Vendee Globe, The Route du Rhum, The Jaques Vabre and The Olympics. Having worked with the IMOCA class for eight years he has gained a strong understanding of the technical aspects, and coupled with his knowledge as a leading navigator and educated meteorologist, he is an impressive substitute skipper for the 2010 double handed Barcelona World Race. After the Barcelona World Race his next ambition is to mount his own IMOCA 60 campaign

    • Competed in America’s Cup (K-Challenge in the 32nd AC)

    • Other events: Oryx Quest, Tour de France à la Voile, won the Admirals Cup, TP52 MedCup, Middle Sea Race, Cape Town to Bahia Race and the Sydney to Hobart, co-skippered the Elanders and Avant boats in the Volvo Baltic Race.

    • Has advised sailors on strategy and weather in the Vendée, Route du Rhum, Transat Jaques Vabre and the Olympics.

    • Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09

    First three legs on board on Team Russia (who retired due to lack of funds). Then signed Delta Lloyd, but when Delta Lloyd withdrew from leg 5 of the race due to damage, he stepped in to replace Ian Moore as navigator on the Irish entry Green Dragon, before rejoining Delta Lloyd.

    Previously navigator for Djuice Dragons in 2001/02.

    • Open 60 experience includes sailing with Spanish sailor Guillermo Altadill on Estrella Damm in the 2009 Istanbul Round Europe Race (3rd overall)

    • Maxi sailor (Cape Town – Salvador Race on Rambler)


  2. Peter Gustafsson
    Dec 31, 2010 @ 09:35


  3. Jesper Hoffstedt
    Dec 31, 2010 @ 11:51

    En timme kvar till start. LiveTV på BWR och Sailing Anarchy.

    Gott nytt 2011 Blur. Tack för all inspiration under 2010.



    • Peter Gustafsson
      Dec 31, 2010 @ 13:10

      Mäktigt! Glada kossan gick ju som skjuten u en kanon :-)


      • Jesper Hoffstedt
        Dec 31, 2010 @ 13:18

        Bra kossa :-) Foncia och Group Bel verkar köra nåt rullat på peken(Code 0?) medan många andra verkar ha genua. Och nu är Foncia snart skitad av kossan. Är det värt att sätta genuan för Le Prof?


      • Peter Gustafsson
        Dec 31, 2010 @ 13:19

        Rundning alldeles snart… Då är det mycket segel som skall skiftas :-)


  4. Jesper Hoffstedt
    Dec 31, 2010 @ 13:20

    Lika bra att vänta.


    • Peter Gustafsson
      Dec 31, 2010 @ 13:26

      Foncia gippade bara med samma försegel?


      • Jesper Hoffstedt
        Dec 31, 2010 @ 13:28

        Japp, de har kvar Code 0 medan Groupe Bel satte assyn. Men de hade problem med strumpan, oväntat(dess strumpor), och Foncia hugger.


  5. Peter Gustafsson
    Dec 31, 2010 @ 18:03

    Jean-Pierre Dick sent the following mail to lodge a protest, specifying Groupe Bel, Foncia and Hugo Boss as boats he believes to have missed the November, which was a mark off the entrance to Barcelona Harbour specified in a rider to Article 10.8 of the Sailing Instructions.

    ” This email is to protest against Groupe Bel, Foncia and Hugo Boss that have not passed November Mark to starboard as stated in the Rider 1 of the sailing instruction.”
    ” At least 1 other boat has not respected the mark but we have not been able to recognise it.”
    Jean Pierre Dick, skipper of Paprec Virbac 3

    “We have informed the commitee trough channel 72 and P 1 as soon as we have seen this situation”


  6. Peter Gustafsson
    Dec 31, 2010 @ 18:27


  7. Jesper Hoffstedt
    Jan 2, 2011 @ 21:08

    Är det några som kör det virtuella racet på Jag heter TeamHoffstedt


    • Ulf Zschüttig
      Jan 3, 2011 @ 23:31

      Hej Jesper

      Jag är med som SK95S8 missade starten med 4 timmar : (
      Är även med på (det bästa virtuella segelspelet på nätet)


  8. Peter Gustafsson
    Jan 3, 2011 @ 22:42

    The first prize of the Barcelona World RACE 2010-2011 has been won by race title holder Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), sailing with Loick Peyron (FRA) on Virbac Paprec 3.

    The pair have claimed the North to South Mediterranean Trophy by becoming the first team to the reach the longitude of 05 37W, having best overcome the capricious light winds and strong tides faced by the fleet on the 540-mile first leg stage of the non-stop race from Barcelona across the Western Mediterranean.

    The 2010 VPLP-Verdier designed IMOCA 60 crossed the gate this evening at 1955hrs (UTC), having set off from Barcelona 3 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes previously – knocking nearly 7 hours off Dick’s own previous record time from the first edition of the Barcelona World RACE, set in November 2007 at 3 days, 14 hours and 25 minutes.

    Behind the race leader, Foncia and Estrella Damm were separated by just two miles at this evening’s latest position update, and are expected to cross the Straits in a tight duel.


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