With five J-Class boats gathered in Palma and a series of short course windward leeward races plus two coastal courses planned tensions on the dock were high amongst the top international crews. No money nor effort is spared, and the teams have to fight for every meter.
“The starts are crucial in the bay of Palma, as often one side is favorite. Win the start and you have a good chance to out on top at the crucial first top-mark rounding.”
On the Hanuman Wouter was working together with skipper/helmsman Ken Read; “I love sailing with Ken. He is dead keen to win, and with a mix of jokes and more serious guidance gets the maximum out of the team.”
In five out of six races we nailed the start, but on the second to last day we overshot the line by four seconds. Pinned between the other giant J-class boats we could’t get back in time to make a valid start, so we got a Did-Not-Start and plunged from first to third. Very tough.”
Fortunately the last day, the Hanuman team showed it’s strength again, not only winning the start and the last race, but they also managed to put Lionheart back two important places to win the regatta.