I think Bekking is kidding himself. My nonscientific look at the replay has Tele Blue losing ground in the straight line reaching conditions. The only reason they appear to have gained is cause they cut the corner.
You need to understand Bouwe to disect his comments, especially now he has publicly stated there are problems with the FARR designed boats downwind. To admit such an issue after the 1st leg is an appalling call from a Public Relations Perspective but it does one thing very well? It deflects the poor result of the Telefonica boats away from Bouwe and places the responsibility with the designer, in this case Farr. Anyone who knows anything about the Volvo race and ocean sailing will see through this, Bouwe is a professional sailor trying to make a living out of rich sponsors money. So here we have the great dutchman who is supposedly on the worlds best ocean sailors now in the limelight for a very poor 1st leg performance. So now it isn't his fault, it is a boat design issue. I wonder how Farr are feeling right now, perhaps Deja Vu rings a bell. I can tell you one thing, that is the Farr boats aren't the best sailing in this race, nor are they the worst, however Bouwe (In this company) is the greatest pretender of all time.!
I can't believe he has publicly ragged the Farr boats downwind? What does this do for crew moral.? I have always wanted to know, wheres does Bouwe's reputation stem from.? 2 close friends who sailed with him last time around in the Volvo have classified him as an average sailor in the mix of the other skippers, certainly not the picture others paint of him. I also question the Farr design offices decision to design for him this time around.? Arrr, 2 peas in a pod rings a bell? Bouwe Bouwe Bouwe where have you bek-eing..?