July 2009

Aksel Magdahl (NOR)

If the number of Volvo followers who have proposed Magdahl is anything to go by then Dan Woolery had better get the USA jungle drums going double quick. Magdahl’s tactical call on Leg 5 that saw Ericsson 3 leap into the lead was one of a string of fine and confident judgments to come out of the E3 navstation this race. And as we go to press Magnus Olsson’s fine ship is in a good second place on Leg 6…
 Why they won
‘The anonymous guy behind Ericsson 3’s rapid rise up the fleet’ – Mats Wang-Hansen; ‘Always so eager to learn’ – Eivind Haugan; ‘But his intelligence is the key’ – Scott Dawson; ‘Always looking for a fresh strategy’ – Mats Andersson; ‘Young and hungry’ – Sterhan Engstrom; ‘Brave’ – Lars Ingeberg; ‘And hard working’ – Per Holm; ‘Just mind the size of your head!’ – Richard Goransson; ‘If Magdahl doesn’t win then it’s robbery’ – Bjorn Nilsen. Ok, OK guys… enough.