Ericsson 4 leaving Galway Harbour for the InPort Race. Photo Oskar Kihlborg/EricssonRacingTeamEricsson 4 leaving Galway Harbour for the InPort Race. Photo Oskar Kihlborg/EricssonRacingTeam
GALWAY, Ireland (May 30, 2009) – Ericsson Racing Team is ready to race in the afternoon’s Galway In-Port Race of the Volvo Ocean Race.
“This mornings offshore breeze will battle it out with the sea breeze early/mid-afternoon,” said team meteorologist Chris Bedford. “The sea breeze eventually loses and the southeast gradient returns later in the afternoon.”
The pattern of light wind conditions is familiar to the Volvo Ocean Race Sailors. In four of the previous five in-port races the conditions have been light and shifty. Torben Grael, skipper of overall race leader Ericsson 4, is taking a philosophical approach to the forecast.