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(C)update: Round 3 is 2 days away
With the start of the 9 point per victory Round 3 still days away Prada has already chosen their Round 3 weapon. They will sail ITA 48 their second boat. It is slightly narrower than ITA 45 and maybe better in the lite stuff.
The Prada team has tested ITA 48, but feels racing it is the only way to truly test the boat. With a comfortable lead Prada can afford to simaltaneoulsy test and race.
The back of the fleet is held by the Swiss and Fast 2000. Fast 2000 will be back racing in round 3. Fast 2000 fixed damage to their aft foil with multiple layers of carbon. Also the aft foil now has wings. Finally, the aft 'trimmer' was reshaped so hopefully Fast 2000 will handle better. Fast 2000 will attempt to win more races and for the first time be able to sail all the races in a round.
America One continues two boat testing. In a recent test they went as far as 19 miles offshore, and sailed in 20 to 30 knot winds. Still no word on which boat will be raced in round 3.
America True has modified their boat. Noticable is a longer stern.
Tonite is the Louis Vuitton ball. All teams will attend in formal wear.
After the ball it will be back to training and selecting the round 3 weapons.
Team Phillips builds up for The Race
Team Phillips will compete in The Race of the Millenium a non stop, no limites, no assistance contest beginning 31 December 2000. Organizers of the race say it has a purpose, "To celebrate the XXIst Century by an event which, beyond its exceptional sports dimension, is an invite to global adventure, symbolizing the advent of the new millennium." By starting it on the last day of this millennium the giant catamarans of The Race will give the next millennium a dashing introduction into sailing.
With 3 new projects for The Race of the Millennium now either building or sailing Sailing Daily will take a look at the differnces and similarities in how the sailors have chosen to solve to problem of sailing around the world with the dual paradigms of no limiits and no assistance.
Pete Goss' new racing catamaran for The Race is due to be launched 12 January. This is 44 days from the present.
Team Phillips will be 120 feet long. Her wave piercing hulls will be a skinny 4' 6" wide. In two weeks the hulls will be joined together.
Team Phillips will have a pair of 130 foot high unstayed roating wing masts. These are under construction out of carbon fibre.
At the base of each of the masts will be a mast cockpit. Here is where the 6 man crew will perform sail handling chores. These areas will rotate with the masts.
The 6 man crew will live in an area between the hulls. The accomidation pod will have an area equivalant to a 50 foot boat.
Also building are the 70 foot long beams that join the hulls and the pair of wishbone booms.
The above information was gleaned from a visit to the highly informative Pete Goss website.
Team Phillips is a novel and non traditional solution. Often time new concepts like Team Phillips have reliability issues which will be fatal in The Race. However, Pete Goss has a history of producing results. If the design is fast, Goss has the ability to get it to the head of the pack and bring it home in one piece.