Blogger: Nicolas Leonard
Hello all, it’s Niko in Lorient, the French stopover is finished now, and, as usual we are in Bump out mode.
A particular spirit is with us, this is the last stopover for 1/2 of the Volvo IT crew. Eleven months, building IT infrastructure all over the world, providing support for thousands of people. Working with different culture and knowledge, facing some difficult challenges, working alone or all together.
Lorient has been a great success for the Volvo Ocean Race. Local people love sailing and are really involved in this event, asking us “who will win ?” , “where are the sailors?” ..etc… all these questions that the public usually asks. And, it’s fantastic to see for this long stopover Lorient city wearing the Volvo Ocean Race color.
All the Volvo Brands are here, and receive a lot of public, showing what Volvo is able to do.
Technically, we thought about what we have done all along these eleven month, building RF links over 6 Km and water. James and I have been in Skytower in Auckland, the highest tower in the southern hemisphere !
Working with Dilson in Abu Dhabi to connect 84 client by wire, handmade wire ! ! Or mounting antenna with Bruno in Miami by 35°C and 90% of humidity.
I’ve got so much memories to share with you than I need an entire web site to explain how this adventure is amazing.
But, this long trip has a price, our bodies need now to recover, our family is shouting for us to come back. I don’t remember my closest friends, except the one I have since eleven month, James, Dilson and Bruno. We went through so many events, difficulties, laugh, cry, good and bad moments. In my mission as a team leader, more than to be THE point of contact.
You have to federate people around you, around the project and the goal. I need to say that in the beginning I wasn’t so confident to manage an international team coming from the 7 seas. But day after day, I manage and try to give it the rhythm that we need. I’ve learned a lot about me and the others. And I’m sure that between us in the red team, we will stay in touch all along our life. And we are more than colleagues now.
A certain sadness flying around us, thinking that in few days we will be separated and turn back to our regular jobs. The one that we left and we don’t remember actually ! I hope you have dreamed by following our story, and adventure. It’s a real family, where we find confident, friends, brothers. All wasn’t so nice all the time - from time to time we have some face to face, but it’s work too and you have to explain the goal, to give a sense of your work, on the task you assign. We have worked all together far away from Volvo IT in so many countries, using so many different technologies, that I think nothing is scary for us now.
To close this fantastic project, I invite you to our Facebook Challenge, by downloading specific pictures from us, and try to invent our story:
You need to use only free tool to do that, and upload the result by spigit http://apps.facebook.com/volvo-ocean-race/. I’m impatient to see your work !