Jean-Martin of J-M Sails and bags was involved in the Ericsson Sailing team to try to win the Volvo Ocean Race as a sailmaker.
All the sailmakers were just done with America's Cup, hopped on a plane and headed to Lanzarote, where the Ericsson base was, to prepare the next Volvo Ocean Race. On the program: One year of training and 2 boat testing! The International crew with skipper Torben Grael was aiming for the overall trophy, which they won onboard of Ericsson 4. The Scandinavians on E3 were another story, first, they had to put their team together learn the boat and sail off-shore! don't get me wrong, late Magnus Olson who never retired in a leg in 6 races! was skipper, there was an Olympic gold medalist, a couple of world champs, a "Kiwi" with 5 races under his belt married with a Swedish and so on.
Two big memories:
1/ The leg win in Rio de Janeiro after their epic catch-up during the leg. Ericcson 3 missed the start of the leg due to structural damage, wich a part of the shore team fixed in Taiwan. The planned stopover in Quindao, China was more like a pit stop, less than an hour to change sails, restock food, fuel, check the whole boat, repair/ replace broken bits and pieces and go again for the longest leg ever in the Race. For people who ever met Magnus, make his smile x2 or x3.
2/ Stockholm stopover. Never saw so many yachts and people on the water to welcome the Scandinavian team, NO COMMENTS!
After the race, I sailed the yacht back to Sweden were we had another warm welcome and party to celebrate the "Vikings"
And now, Oceanum vela contacted us to make bags out of the sails I made and repaired about 11-12 years ago.
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