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Vaquita up to 9th in the TJV
Andreas Hanakamp, segelwelt.at 2013
Vaquita up to 9th in the TJV
Andreas Hanakamp, segelwelt.at 2013
Vaquita up to 9th in the TJV
Andreas Hanakamp, segelwelt.at 2013

Strong winds and big seas off the Portuguese Coast have taken their toll on the Class 40 fleet in the Transat Jacques Vabre Race, but the new Humphreys designed Vaquita battles on. Having sailed relatively conservatively over the past few days as a result of the conditions, Vaquita is now up to 9th position in this extremely competitive fleet. Co-skipper Andreas Hanakamp has been keeping us up to date with his blog which you can find here (in German). Below is a copy of his latest blog in English:

The TJV has been the perfect stage to test Vaquita against the worlds best sailed Class40 yachts and so far we are very happy how the boat performs. Christof, an ambitious amateur sailor with limited time available for sailing was after the adventure of his lifetime in sailing. He had signed up for a Class40 round the world race , in 2013 in a new boat. With the rescheduling of the Global Ocean Race, plans needed changing and the TJV came into play.

The call was for a very easily driven alround hull, no surprises, seaworthy and fast. I put together a boat concept which Tom Humphreys of Humphreys Yacht Design formed into a boat and Ocean Tec built. The performance of the boat in the hands of Christof convinces all of us that we have chosen the right approach – he is playing in the top ten of this years TJV fleet. The recent speeds we have seen is also due to the sails we developed with Elvstrom Sails of Denmark. For this race I have opted for the fuller of the two race mainsails. With the spinnakers we are already in the fifth design cycle since starting in 2010 with the previous Vaquita.

The weather has significantly changed over the last few days. Late autumn weather from the English Channel onwards, yesterday spring, summer today. The water temperature has risen to almost 25 degrees centigrade, shorts did replace foulies. No wonder though, at the current pace the sun rises about 5 degrees every day. Soon we are going to suffer under the tropical heat.

Seems all top 8 boats do have a similar idea on the approach to the doldrums, the next decisive phase in the race. With the help of the weather we hope to shorten the distance to the leaders without the chasing pack getting closer. We could be in a wind pocket that is travelling with us while others are being slowed down, hopefully not wishful thinking.
 
Best regards
Andreas