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.
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.