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21 December 2000 Issue # 309
Today's Sailing News
The Race: 10 days to the start
The number of Race entrants in Barcelona now numbers 4. These boats are: Club Med, Innovation Explorer, Team Adventure and Playstation.
Team Adventure arrived Monday after an 11 day delivery from France. The voyage was a good test with heavy air in the Bay of Biscay and light air near Gibraltar.
Skipper Cam Lewis is happy with his very large multi hull: ". This boat is a wind generator. It sails doubles the speed of the wind. If it is blowing ten knots the boat does 20 knots."
Interestingly the first 3 boats in Barcelona were the near sister ships designed by Ollier. Despite Team Adventure being in the water only a little over a month, things seem to be in fine order.
Playstation, now the fleets longest maxi maran at 125 feet arrived the 19th.
Team Legato has not yet made Barcelona but they have had an interesting delivery.
Last Thursday when Team Legato left England they had 4 media members with. They planned to stop in Falmouth England and drop them. Off Falmouth they were faced with a gale. Skipper Tony Bullimore decided not to stop. This meant the media members spent the weekend on the maxi cat. They eventually were dropped off in Lisbon Portugal. Bullimore apologized to the unhappy 'press gang' members. About Team Legato he said: "but it has been a fantastic test for the boat. I've now got the greatest faith in her for The Race."
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Times Clipper Update
Leg 4 is from Panama to the Galapagos Islands
Leader: Jersey Clipper by 14 mile
Best 24 Hour Run: NA
Position: Less than 100 miles from the finish
Current Weather: Variable moderate winds
Weather Forecast: Trickier as the fleet closes the Island.
Team Philips: Search Begins
Today Pete Goss, Andy Hindley and others will fly into the Atlantic Ocean to search for Team Philips. The maxi cat is thought to be 650 miles west of Ireland.
However, the position is not as exact as the boat has not been polled today. This could be for several reasons: loss of power, loss of the accommodation pod, or because she has been found and her positioning gear switched off.
Once the Race Class cat is found, salvage plans will be made.
BT Challenge Update
Leg 3 is Buenos Aries to Wellington New Zealand via Cape Horn.
Leader: Isle of Man by 3 miles
Best 24 Hour Run: Isle of Man 173 Miles
Position: Fleet has rounded Cape Horn, now in South Pacific
Current Weather: Force 6 West
Weather Forecast: NW Force 7