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 22 February2000

Issue # 149

By Ike Stephenson

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Mission Antarctica

The principal focus for the Mission Antarctica programme is to assist the clean up of the Russian Bellingshausen Base on King George Island, Antarctica. 

2041 the ex British Steel challenge yacht now named 2041 recently left Mar Del Plata in Argentina.  Ahead is a voyage down the South American coast to Ushuaia also in Argentina.  Ushuaia lies at 55 south latitude and will be the last stop before Antarctica.

The aim all of 2041's voyages are to average 150 miles per day.  This equates to 7 or so knots.

Once traveling the miles to Antarctica 2041 will undertake a 30 day expedition as media vessel covering removal of rubbish from Bellingshausen.

The trash will be removed by barge.  Amongst the items to be removed are: barrels of liquid waste, old engines, trucks, a crane and several wooden huts.

2041 will transit from the roaring 40's to the screaming 50's on this leg.  Current conditions along 2041's route show winds under 20 knots.

Sailing Daily will continue to track Mission Antarctica on it's intriguing southern ocean voyage.

Bizarre Cup Race # 2

Team New Zealand has a piranha painted on their keel. I don't know how piranha's react to blood, but Team New Zealand sailed like a shark smelling blood.  They wounded Prada via sailing skill in the pre start.

Later on Leg 1 Prada put both blood and crew in the water attempting to recover from a series of bizarre incidents.  This meant that the only truly competive moments of race 2 were the pre start.

The goal in a match racing start is not to time the line, but to control your opponent and set yourself up for the first shift.  Russell Coutts did both of these despite entering the box on port.

Team New Zealand made a high rate turn and then stopped.  In Top Gun fashion Prada sailed by.  This allowed Team New Zealand to push Prada outside the start line.  Team New Zealand broke off and started on their preferred side.  Prada had to tack twice behind the line.  

Later events made this race a no contest, but Team New Zealand was dominant at the start and may have crushed Prada without fatalistic intervention.

 

 

 

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