Bouwe Bekking, happy and relieved


Bouwe Bekking and TELEFONICA BLUE crossed the finish line in Qingdao on Thursday morning, after 2500 horrendous nautical miles from Singapore. The Spanish boat won this Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09, the second win in a row, reducing the gap with Ericsson 4 in the leaderboard. After enjoying the taste of this heroic win, having a good shower, a long desired dinner and a deserved sleep, Bouwe Bekking put himself in front of the computer to tell us about his feelings:

“HAPPY AND RELIEVED. These two words shot first through my head when we passed the finish line. HAPPY – it is a great win for our team and our sponsors. This leg will go in the history books as one of the most extreme ones in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race, so it’s nice to put that one under our belt and, of course, we gain more points on the leaders. RELIEVED – because we came through this leg in one piece; some small repairs have to be done, but! we will be easy ready for the next in-port race. This was the leg I always feared the most, since the day that we learned we had to go to Qingdao.”

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