Volvo Ocean Race Campaign

It is the fourth Volvo Ocean Race because the two time Spanish strategies were called by 49er Olympic medallist in 2005 6 in the in-ports for Bouwe Bekking‘s illfated movistar effort. Since then the 37 year old Basque sailor continues to be team manager Pedro Campos’ ‘go to man’, co-skippering Telefonica Blue in 20089 with Bekking and skippering Telefonica in the 201112 race. Last time around Telefonica appeared to be living until the form guide when then won the very first three legs found her clear to the lead and set off as favourite. Martinez’s perspective is it was a case of the other teams catching upwards them. “Last time, Groupama made really great alternatives prior to the beginning, they had an excellent team and they enhanced a lot. They ended up very fast and it was really very hard for us, especially from upwind TWA. At 60-90^0 they were not half a nautical mile slower and we weren’t unable to fit them. Again Martinez refutes this: “many were sailing the 49er some days for pleasure, but we were doing virtually no Olympic sailing – we were completely focussed to the Volvo.

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