The Whole Wide World

What can you learn from a bunch of blow­boaters? A whole lot ac­tu­ally, es­pe­cially when those sailors are the com­peti­tors in the Volvo Ocean Race, one of the most gru­el­ing en­durance events in the world.

Power & Motor Yacht - - IN THIS ISSUE - BY DANIEL HARD­ING JR.

ing a tsunami of condi­ments, de­cided to make do with chips, candy, or other as­sorted treats and felt slug­gish afer­wards? Te Volvo crew knows this dan­ger all too well, which is one rea­son why they carry freezedried meals aboard for quick, high-nu­tri­ent eat­ing.

“When you’re at sea for as long as we are you be­gin to view food difer­ently. It be­comes your fuel. You don’t sit down and eat freeze-dried be­cause you en­joy it,” says Towill with a look of dis­dain. “It’s fuel, so you shovel it down.”

MREs and freeze-dried meals may be a taste­less and ex­treme op­tion for a week­end ex­cur­sion but de­liv­ery cap­tains will be the frst to tell you that hav­ing mi­crowave-ready meals at the ready can make or break a longer cruise. A ther­mos of cofee or soup is also a smart thing to have at your side.

Te les­son here is a sim­ple one. To be a suc­cess­ful at sea, whether you’re trad­ing tacks with another na­tion’s crew for rac­ing glory, or bring­ing your boat up the coast with a friend, pre­pared­ness is key. Get­ting ad­e­quate rest and nutri­tion, con­duct­ing reg­u­lar equip­ment in­spec­tions, and know­ing what to do when some­one falls over­board (see “Over­board!” above) might never earn you a big cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship, but keep­ing your­self and your crew safe is a vic­tory that is no less re­ward­ing.

hard­ware, or rest­ing, VOR sailors al­ways have safety in mind.

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