Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015

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    EclectiC Ocean Race event groot succes

EclectiC Ocean Race event groot succes

Met de finish van de boten in Göteborg is de Volvo Ocean Race van 2015 bijna voorbij. Afgelopen dagen lagen de boten in Scheveningen voor een korte pitstop en EclectiC was daarbij!

Van donderdag tot en met zaterdag was EclectiC in de haven van Scheveningen met uitzicht op de racejachten. EclectiC heeft deze dagen diverse activiteiten rondom dit evenement georganiseerd waaronder:

Freeze-dried food ervaring op de SAP Netwerkborrel

frees-driedOp donderdag heeft de kick-off in samenwerking met Stichting SAP Netwerkborrel plaatsgevonden. Voor de vijfde keer heeft EclectiC het netwerk evenement mogen organiseren en het was wederom een groot succes! Aansluitend op het thema “ Volvo Ocean Race” heeft EclectiC freeze-dried maaltijden geserveerd die gelijk zijn aan de maaltijden van de zeilers tijdens de race. Hollandse nieuwe waren uiteraard ook van de partij! Tevens was er de mogelijkheid om een door EclectiC verzorgde tour over Race Village te ontvangen. Gezien alle positieve reacties kunnen we stellen dat deze donderdag een succesvolle netwerk sessie was.

Kennissessies: Online- & Programma management

Naast de netwerkbijeenkomsten heeft EclectiC een tweetal kennissessies georganiseerd. Deze kennissessies hadden als doel om vakgenoten samen te brengen in een ronde tafel setting om nieuwe inzichten op te doen en kennis te delen.

De ochtend stond in het teken van “Digital/Online”.
Voor de invulling van deze interactieve ronde tafel sessie heeft Tom Bals , General Manager van Frog, gesproken over het onderwerp  “Sourcing people and products for digital”.

Daarnaast heeft Gert-Jan ter Weeme, Programma Manager Digital bij Philips, uitgebreid gesproken over het onderwerp “ Best practices digital/online projecten”.

In de middag heeft Pieter Blank, Programma Manager bij De Koninklijke Marine, zijn zelf ontwikkelde programmamanagement methodologie gepresenteerd.

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    Poortman blog: Leg 8 to Lorient

Poortman blog: Leg 8 to Lorient

Well I have to say it has been a while and the time has flown by. Now the race is getting to its end and legs and stopovers are getting shorter: life is getting pretty crazy !

Due to an unfortunate arm injury, an infection to the elbow I could unfortunately not make it for the leg from Newport to Lisbon. The team luckily did not miss me much since they won and put us back into second place overall. Although of course I would have loved to have been on-board, I’m very proud of our team. We have to counter set backs when people can not come on a leg. It really shows the all-round quality of our crew.

The leg to Lorient was a short one but not less brutal. When a leg is short you have to turn a lot of corners along the coastline, the wind is less stable and this means a lot of work. You can not get into a watch system so it’s exhausting. The first 30h of the leg I got no sleep at all… and that’s not just staying awake but your also working very hard. It was an upwind course so this means a lot of tacking and moving the sails and al the other equipment to the best position in the boat. So after 30hr my arms and back were very sore and tired. But we were doing quite well, we were close to our main competitors in the front of the fleet and that was the most important. We let SCA and Vestas do there own thing since they do not present not a problem for the overall standings.

Unfortunately during the first […]

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    Eclectic Journal 4: Dreams & Teams

Eclectic Journal 4: Dreams & Teams

We hope you are enjoying this inside scoop on one of the worlds biggest sport events. In this Edition we’ll bring you a brand new blog by Gerd-Jan Poortman, who has had a lot going on since his return in Newport. Besides that you can enjoy new video coverage from Newport and Itajai in which we’ll be talking about dreams, teams and how to select the best new crew members.

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    Blog leg 6: A lot has happened! Blog leg 6: A lot has happened!

    Blog leg 6: A lot has happened!

Blog leg 6: A lot has happened!

Hi Everyone,

Leg 6 has finished and leg 7 has already started!! What is wrong? I am writing a blog instead of sailing! A lot has happened since I finished leg 6 so this time I will write the blog backwards.

Four days after finishing leg 6 in third place and without any injuries I was enjoying a few days off at Cape Cod in the USA. I was sleeping with my oldest son and girlfriend in a nice hotel when I woke up in the middle of the night with a sore elbow. The pain increased and by 6 o’clock it was swollen and painkillers were needed. We jumped straight into the car to go to the Volvo doctor since it was Saturday and I wanted to be looked at straight away. At the doctors we found out that I had a infected elbow and I needed to start antibiotics straight away.

4 days before the in-port race my arm was still swollen and infected. You have to be very careful with this injury because it can inflame again. So knowing it was not going to be healed in time and the risk to inflame again by hitting my elbow it was an easy choice to let some else step in. The cross Atlantic leg is tough. It means hard work also it is short and when injured there is no time to heal. It was not a hard decision but of course it was disappointing.

Team Brunel is still very much in the winning mood. Maybe we can not win the race anymore but we still have a chance of second place and we just want to win legs. So there is one thing important and […]

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    Gerd-Jan Poortman says Hi

Gerd-Jan Poortman says Hi

Hi there!

Here from the middle of the North Atlantic ocean a quick message to warm up your visit to the next stopover in Newport (Rhode Island).

It has been an intense race so far! Fantastic hot weather  and only two tacks from the start! But very close racing. Its a real drag race- someday you win a mile and some day, generally because of a cloud or a shark  a round the rudder……, you loose all that you have worked for for so long! In general if nothing strange happens than you win- if you have bad luck you loose. It’s for all the same situation so that is why we’re all still so close.

Now its fast reaching conditions: we just had a change from the fractional front sail to the jib. A full on change with lots of water over the deck!! But we managed well and we’re on our way again.

Its looking to be a quite fast trip from now on to Newport compared to the beginning of the race so hopefully by the end of next wednesday we will arrive….

Im really looking foreword seeing you all there. For now we have to win this massive battle to be first in Newport. Its not going to be easy but that makes it fun!!

See you in Newport
Gerdjan Poortman

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    Blog Leg 5 “The Leg of legs” has finished! Blog Leg 5 “The Leg of legs” has finished!

    Blog Leg 5 “The Leg of legs” has finished!

Blog Leg 5 “The Leg of legs” has finished!

Ten years I have been looking forward to this leg and now I have done it! I have rounded Cape Horn in the “Leg of Legs!”

First of all this leg in the round the world race means you effectively have sailed around the world. After rounding Cape Horn you are crossing your own path that you took to round the Cape of Good Hope in Africa. Which means you have effectively rounded the world.
In doing so, the last part is the hardest. Leg 5 means sailing through the Southern Ocean which means: huge waves up to 15 meters, major storms that circulate the South Pole and being further away from land than is possible anywhere on the planet. All this while pushing the boat to its maximum all the time. To do this you need the best team you can find, the best boat, and have huge preparation before you can even start thinking about taking this on. This is why not many people have sailed in this part of the world and this is why it is all so very special. It truly is like reaching the K2 or Mount Everest.

The last leg has brought to me exactly what I have been waiting for the last ten years! For the people that don’t know my history: My first attempt was with Team ABN-AMRO Two, a youth team. It was a dream come true my first Volvo but the leg before Cape Horn I had an accident and fell on the deck dislocating my tail bone and breaking a disk in my back. This meant I was out of the race for a while. The world collapsed around me and my dream […]

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    Blog leg 4: Top sport can be tough!

Blog leg 4: Top sport can be tough!

A blog by Gerd-Jan Poortman. “It’s great when you win but you can have only one winner. We certainly left the dock to win. Fully motivated and full of confidence. That was clear from the start.

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    Eclectic Journal 3: Ocean Race Ups and and Downs

Eclectic Journal 3: Ocean Race Ups and and Downs

By now the VOR65 race boats are all awaiting the final departure to Itajai after being grounded by  cyclone Pam. Having finished another brutal race over 5500 NM through S-Chinese sea and Southern Pacific Ocean. Leg winner Mapfre took the lead of 4 minutes over AbuDhabi Ocean Racing who were another 4 mins. ahead of Dongfeng Race team. Now 4 legs and 4 different winners! Never before have teams been more equally competitve as this race. Still 5 legs to go and anything can happen. The heat is on.

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    Blog 3: Poortman ready for Leg 4

Blog 3: Poortman ready for Leg 4

We are in China!

Or better yet;  I am BACK in China. Since I am writing this blog on the plane en route to Sanya. After finishing this leg I jumped straight onto a plane home for a long weekend with the family. A long trip but very much worth the effort. I feel reenergized and ready for battle again. Sailing the Volvo Ocean Race is a dream come true but it also comes with a lot of sacrifice in your private life. Not living at home with my girlfriend and two sons of 4 and 1 years old. It’s hard missing their lives for 1,5 years. I was great being back home and being in their lives again (and in my house). This is the choice we made and it’s not over yet. In fact; it’s just getting started.

That said, I am ready for battle again

After leg 3 we needed some reenergizing because, as you could all see, it was a difficult leg.  As in every sport, you never see the winner very tired. It’s always the runners up who are exhausted. The same goes for us. We had to work much harder to attack and try to catch up in this leg than we had to do defending in leg 2.

We started the leg in good fashion and a week into the race we were in a comfortable 2nd place. Still in contention to get to the Chinese team. Unfortunately the wind Gods decided to play games on us and decided to give the boats behind more and better wind than us. There was not much else we could do than to watch the boats behind us sail up to us and pass […]