Oh yes, he certainly was having a ball!
After freeloading at the VOR Sailors Terrace he went to Brunel to pay his respect to Bouwe, who basically said he does it for the sport and not for the glory. Then talked to Carlo about Grunter, his AC boss, and then was so taken aback by Nina's beautifull smile that he mixed up the rounding of Cape Horny from East to West, bummer!
After a couple more Heinekens he followed the team to backstage of the pricegiving, and I encouraged him to cut Jack Sparrow's lunch by chatting up lovely Sophie. It's amazing how his dementia seems to diminish when he sees a pretty young woman, and Sophie even appeared to enjoy the conversation (somewhat...).
Next up to Annemieke, the Dutch Lioness who at first seemed slightly unsettled by the SOF's approach, but then opened up nicely, also about all the interviews she had to endure.
I even managed to get a picture of the old man with both Annemieke and Sophie, a picture I promised to Jugk Sparrow quite a while ago.
In all seriousness, we were rather surprised by how eager all the girls seemed to be to do the race again, particularly so soon after the finish.
Amidst all the uncertainty of the next race, they were keen to go again, be it with a mixed crew or an all woman crew. We sensed a slight preference for an all female crew, or perhaps with one male, dunno, but in that case grandpappy is keen to go again, to make it a triple.