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5 January 2001 Issue # 315
Today's Sailing News
The Race: 2 fleets
Innovation Explorer is the current leader of The Race. 5 boats are now racing, with only Team Legato in repair mode.
The upwind sailing has produced some wide splits at the front of the fleet. The top 3 are spread out east to west in the following order: Innovation Explorer (13° west) Club Med (15° west) and Team Adventure (17° west).
Team Adventure (top 24 hour run of 252.6 miles) seems to be sticking her nose out west in hope gaining the advantage of the trade winds first. According to skipper Cam Lewis: "Here is the game; we are racing to a cold front fast approaching from the NNW so that we can get a wind shift when we arrive on the other side of the front tomorrow. This shift should see us change over to starboard tack and start making some fast miles south."
Back in the fleet Playstation finished renewing her sail inventory at Gibraltar. After 48 hours they are back at sea. Skipper Steve Fossett sounds determined: "At the anticipated pace of The Race, we will have to average 1/2 knot faster than the lead boat in order to win... but the entire Crew is game and so much can happen during an Around the World passage."
Warta Polpharma is also back racing, with a new sat com antenna installed in Gibraltar.
It remains for Team Legato to fix their mainsail headboard in Gibraltar and the fleet will be full again. They will be back racing Sunday.
BT Challenge Update
Leg 3 is Buenos Aries to Wellington New Zealand via Cape Horn.
Leader: Isle of Man by 8 miles
Best 24 Hour Run: Isle of Man 182 miles
Position: South Pacific beating tack on tack
Current Weather: Force 5 West
Weather Forecast: NE force 3 to 4
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Today's Sailing News
Integrity's icy visit to Muskegon
The self unloading barge Integrity was at the Lafarge dock earlier this week in downtown Muskegon.
Later in the week the American Mariner unloaded coal at the Cobb power plant. This will be the last commercial ship on Muskegon Lake for this shipping season.
Launched in 1996, owned by Andrie Towing Integrity was built by Bay Ship of Sturgeon Bay WI.
In 1997 Integrity set a record carrying 17,740 tons of cement. Integrity is paired with the tug Jackilyn M.
Today's Cam-Gram Quote
Team Adventure skipper Cam Lewis is not just a world class sailor he's also one of the best sailing writers around. He's writes daily reports/Cam-Grams from his Race Class cat. Here's an excerpt from today's: "So, like all decisions, this one comes after a complete analytical analysis has been done on all possible data and forecasts from onshore in Nashua NH at Commanders Weather. We have also looked at real time infra red satellite images, the barometer and even consulted the curly hair on the back of my neck. Last reports had us averaging 15 knots and the sisters doing 11.5."
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Times Clipper Update
Leg 5 is from the Galapagos Islands to Hawaii, 4100 miles.
Leader: Portsmouth Clipper by 8 miles
Best 24 Hour Run: Portsmouth Clipper 239 miles
Position: Sailing along the equator heading west
Current Weather: Moderate SW winds
Weather Forecast: Continued SW winds