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 27 April 2000

Issue # 188

By Ike Stephenson

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Will April break the warming trend?

Monday and Tuesday's temperatures peaked near 70 making them above normal for this time of year.  By Tuesday April was an above average month for temperatures even if only by .04.  

The along came Wednesday with a high of only 46.  The day ended up 15 below normal.  This brought the average to date for April to -.25.  

4 days remain for temperatures to get back above norm.  If they do we'll have temps in the 60's and 70's making a fine weekend to prep your boat.  

News of The Race

The next launching is Grant Dalton's Club Med on Monday 8 May.  Club Med will be launched and named and her crew members announced.

During the summer Club Med will tackle the Cadiz to Spain Discovery route and the New York to England transatlantic passage.  Her aim will be to officially qualify for The Race and attempt to break the records for each passage.

Playstation and Steve Fossett are readying for another crack at the Transatlantic record.  The boat is in New York.  May 1st is the earliest the attempt will be started.

Fossett sounds optimistic saying, "Our Sail Training Week (including the Bermuda - NYC delivery) was a success, in my opinion. Our 39 hour delivery from Bermuda to NYC was the fastest that course has ever been sailed, although we did not officially time it. For that matter, our 5 hour circumnavigation of Bermuda was also faster than that had ever been done."  After these preparations he feels Playstation can be pushed all the way across the Atlantic.

Playstation has also added Australian sailor Nick Maloney to her crew compliment.  

Robert Janecki a 25 year old polish sailor was the navigator on Polpharma-Warta's qualification voyage.  

He had some interesting observations after the voyage.  On the effect of electronics, he says: "Today, we are used to knowing exactly where we're going. But as a result, we probably have become less observant, less "instinctive."

On the difference between a small cat and a maxi ocean greyhound he says, ". When we picked up a good wind near the Canaries, the boat started flying at 25-30 knots. A Tornado can peak at the same speed, but it never lasts more than a few minutes. While on Polpharma-Warta, you can keep it up for 24 hours and more."

Another revealing comment about the speed potential of The Race entrants is Janecki's comment on the aftermath of their dismasting: "I then went down below to consult the GPS (satellite positioning instrument). I noticed that we were traveling at almost 10 knots." 

Polpharma-Warta has been shipped back to France to receive a new mast and engine.  She will re launch in July.

Founder and organizer of The Race Bruno Peyron will not sail in the event. Peyron also commented on Team Philips troubles, saying:"  There can be no progress without audacity, and no audacity without risk."  

This summer should be an interesting period of development for the maxi multi hulls of The Race. 

 

 

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