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 22 December 2000 Issue # 310

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

Team Philips: The End

An extensive aerial search was carried out yesterday (Thursday) focusing on the last known position and the predicted drift patterns. This search did not locate Team Philips.

Team Philips is therefore considered lost at sea.  

The boat's position had been tracked from 10 to 19 December.

Of the project he headed, Pete Goss said: "Accepting the risks we chose to drive in the fast lane. Defeat, however, sometimes has to be accepted. As a team we can look it in the eye knowing that we gave it our all."

Team Philips had a difficult history since being launched earlier this year.  A broken bow, then a mast problem culminated in her abandonment during a heavy storm earlier this month.

There are few historical parallels for Team Philips.  One that has some similarities is that of the Swedish Warship Vasa.

The Vasa was launched in 1628.  Ordered by the Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus, she carried 64 guns.  She was to be worlds biggest.

On August 10th, 1628  Vasa had her maiden voyage.  After a few minutes, the ship heeled over took in water through open gun ports and sank.  30 to 50 of the 150 on board perished.

Both ships were technological and design leaps that did not work.  Their failures were spectacular and public.  Fortunately for Team Philips there were no deaths.

In later years, 64 gun warships were perfected and fought many battles.  The same can be hoped for 125 foot twin una rigged catamarans!

BT Challenge Update

Leg 3 is  Buenos Aries to  Wellington New Zealand via Cape Horn.  

Leader: Compaq  by 3 miles

Best 24 Hour Run: Olympic Group 201 Miles

Position:  Fleet has rounded Cape Horn, now in South Pacific a desolate patch of water.

Current Weather: Force 4 West

Weather Forecast: SW Force 5




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Sydney Hobart: Safety Rules Enforced

The Sydney Hobart which starts Tuesday has disallowed the participation of two boats due to non compliance with race safety standards.  Two other boats have corrections to make to comply.

The two boats disqualified are Kickatinalong and Terra Firma.  They missing safety preparation included: failure to have 2 crew with senior first aid certificates and failure to comply with the requirement that 50% of the crew must have attended an approved safety seminar.

The two boats with corrections to make are Nicorette and Wild Thing.

In the case of Nicorette, the 80-footer is required to have a hatch fitted into the deck of the boat, for'ard of the mast, to meet International Category 1 safety requirements. Owner/skipper of the yacht, Ludde Ingvall has indicated that this will be done overnight.

Wild Thing's stanchions are fiberglass, not stainless steel as required.  Wild Thing may glue the stanchions into their bases and say they are part of the hull.  If this doesn't work, stainless steel stanchions will be fitted.

As a competitor in offshore racing, I feel it is good that the safety rules are actually being enforced.  It's good to see that crews and the boats have to comply.  A more typical form of compliance is a form that must be pencil whipped into compliance.

The Race:  2 Still at Sea

The retread entries of The Race are still at sea sailing to Barcelona.  

Team Legato (Ex Enza New Zealand) put into Motril, a small port about half way up the southeast coast of Spain, at 4.00 am this morning. She is now 427 miles from Barcelona.

Warta Polpharma (Ex Commodore Explorer) was 85 miles south of Ibiza at 9.00 am this morning. She is now less than 255 miles from Barcelona.  At an average speed of 15 knots Warta Polpharma would reach Port Vell by midnight local time.

Times Clipper Update

Leg 4 is  from Panama to the Galapagos Islands 

Leader: 5 boats have finished.  In order they are: Jersey, London, Bristol, and Leeds, Portsmouth

Best 24 Hour Run: Portsmouth 184 miles

Position:  Less than 100 miles from the finish

Current Weather: Drifting conditions near the finish.




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