The ASSA ABLOY Racing Team are planning ahead for the Volvo Ocean race as they complete a dry run of the last leg
The ASSA ABLOY Racing Team raced down the coast from Gothenburg to Kiel to get familiar with the last leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. In light conditions the team sailed the 250 nautical miles in 31 hours
This leg is the shortest but most intense leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. In spite of being so short, the leg is worth as many points as the longer legs of which some taking around a month to accomplish.
Skipper Roy Heiner reports from Kiel, “This is an interesting leg, we had a lot of wind changes and unexpected conditions. It will be very challenging to race the other boats here. The battle will be close to the finish line, and now we know the secrets”, Heiner said cheerfully. The team only stopped to fill up water, to race back to the training camp in Gothenburg. Both new boats sailed to Kiel in order to test sails during the leg.
In August the team will participate in the Fastnet Race. They will be sail testing on both boats from Sweden to England and then back again after the race. During the Fastnet they intend to compete with just one of the boats.