Jules Salter from Ericsson Racing on Leg One Navigation
Jules Salter from Ericsson Racing on Leg One NavigationReport Abuse
In a press conference hosted by Ericsson, Jules Salter from Ericsson 4 really did not give any insights on their plan for Leg one, but with reason...it's still too early...
"No prognosis, far to early...probably wrong." ~ Jules Salter
He was really quite to the point on the question, though he did share some information which helps explain the role of the navigator, the daunting task of studying and studying weather models, reading an understanding the information presented each day leading up to the start and thereafter. The impression was the man does not sleep much.
Press members asked how important Leg one would be and the importance of getting to and through the Straight of Gibralter. "All legs are important" remarked Jules. He did agree the team who arrives and passes through the Straight in haste will be in a good position for an early lead. Personally, Ericsson is looking forward to the benchmark and making way to waters from earlier training. The team has done much of their training in the Trades and off the Canaries and looking forward to seeing how they fair.
We did not hear very much from the Nordic Navigator Aksel Magdahl (NOR), though he and Jules both assured media both boats have been working as a team, sharing information, collaborating on strategy and communications.
Now the next bit is what assured me the man does not sleep and will sleep less during the race: they will be receiving weather reports more frequently this event, being up every three hours to receive data and competitors positions. Jules commented on this being too much and makes for more work and less rest, however, in times of uncertainty waiting an extra hour was hard and he wouldn't sleep till receiving more data. So...maybe it will be better.
No one will really know anything till it happens...the joys of sailboat racing. We can plan and plan and plan, theorize of "what may or may not" but Jules is correct, what good is saying, "what may" since they are working with Mother Nature and she reserves the right to change her mind.
On a more casual note, the Ericsson's cafe con leche is far superior to Pumas!