The tell-tale sign that the Mediterranean weather is on the turn could be seen most evidently with the Alinghi Red Bull Racing team all breaking out the winter drysuits in sync today for a late afternoon training session amidst falling sea and air temperatures. Gone are the shorts and sun protectors of an endless summer where temperatures touched the low 40’s this year, and it was down to business as BoatZero docked out after lunch at 12.55pm in search of breeze knowing that the ‘golden hour’ which blesses this part of the world on a frequent basis, towards sunset, was where the maximum gains could be made.
Interesting to see today an almost continuous rotation of sailing advisers and the mainsail trimmer standing well aft and as Florian Trub, a very popular member of the power unit and jib trimmer commented: “We did all the testing that we wanted to do today. It was a very good day. We were trying out a lot of different settings and sometimes (the person on the stern) is the mainsail trimmer looking at both sails and whether they are in sync or a coaching consultant to have an overview of both cockpits; because you have a mainsail in between and you don’t see each other; so sometimes it’s good to have a coach on the back of the boat to see what both sides are doing.”
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