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21 February 2000
Issue # 148
Today's Sailing News
Sailing Daily will have a dual focus this week. One will be the 30 th America's Cup match which will be sailed within site of land and in direct view of millions. The other will be four voyages occurring mainly in the Southern Ocean and being directly watched mostly by animals.
Wrong Way Monnet
French sailor Phillippe Monnet left France on 10 January. The purpose of his voyage is to break the record for fastest circumnavigation sailing east to west, or against the prevailing winds. He is sailing an Open 60 monohull UUNET. British Sailor Mike Golding is the current record holder at 161 days. Sailing Daily will provide periodic reports tracking the success of his attempt.
Phillipe Monnet sailed UUNET around Cape Horn in calm conditions and good order. Soon after the momentous rounding the Southern Ocean started up.
While down below Monnet was thrown by a wave. He crashed while holding a winch handle. The winch handle smashed computer screens, so no more weather faxes or e-mail for Phillipe.
By Friday Monnet was in typical Southern Ocean conditions: 50 knot winds with 12 meter waves. Since he is sailing east to west they were on the nose. At nite Monnet hove to.
By Saturday morning UUNET was out of the storm. She was sailing south west against west winds of 20 knots.
Monnet has plans to head further south saying, "in a yacht race, nobody has ever gone down so low. It should enable me to beat the record"
UUNET is already at 60° south latitude. Combine that latitude with 80° longitude and Monnet is in the vast Southern Ocean.
Another low is coming to batter UUNET so for the time being Monnet will stay around 60° south.
UUNET is now onto the toughest area of the voyage. In the Southern Ocean there are never any guarantees.
America's Cup: Race 2 outlook
With Team New Zealand leading 1-0 race 2 of the 30th America's Cup is set for 1900 eastern tonite.
Weather forecasts call for SE winds of 15 knots. By Wednesday easterly winds of 20 knots are expected. If the easterlies arrive early it could be a heavy air race.
Weather maps show an area of 30-35 knots winds to the South of New Zealand's north Island where Auckland is located. This could be the area of winds that produces heavy air racing later in the week.
Race 2 will give us a read on whether Prada can defeat Team New Zealand. Many times in race 1 Prada looked slower and less aggressive than Team New Zealand. As opposed to challenger racing, boat differences have often made for blowout Cup finals.
New Zealand's fast and innovative boat which was well sailed foreshadowed a finals blowout. Of course, this was a single race and an Italy win would perhaps foreshadow a close series. A second New Zealand win would make 5-0 look more likely.
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