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 11 January 2001 Issue # 318

By Ike Stephenson

 Today's Sailing News 

The Race: Trade Wind Sailing

Half of the fleet is now in the Southern Hemisphere and again seeing
lots of 20's on the speedo.

An example of how fast the boats are and how quickly things can change can be seen in the performance of the 2 leaders. In the last hour leader Club Med averaged 16 knots while Team  Adventure moved along at 24! That's fast and faster, showing how big gains can come for these boats.

Club Med's Grant Dalton is not worried about his boats speed as the following comment shows: "The pace has cracked on over the last hour or so, we are doing between 26 and 32 knots constantly. Over the next 24 hours the 24-hour record might tumble." 

Once again the three cats leading are the Ollier sister ships and  they have again spread out east to west in the following order: Club Med, Team Adventure, Innovation Explorer. 

Innovation Explorer tried a leverage ploy through the Doldrums and gained little. Loick Peyron explains: "A pity, we could have caught up a bit. We haven't gained anything, but we havenít lost anything either. Our set of sails is not as complete as our little comrades. We have to play a different game." 

Next comes Playstation putting in it's time in the Doldrums. The 125 footer is struggling, with speeds of 3 and 5 knots on the position

Playstation is obviously plotting to gain on the lead 3.  Navigator Stan Honey sounds to be in full strategic mode saying: "The current prognosis for the South Atlantic leaves several strategies possible. It would not be appropriate for me to make more specific comments at this time."

Warta Polpharma is today's 24 hour distance champ at 434 miles. The Doldrums should begin today for the fleets smallest boat.

Team Legato is still struggling along. She made less miles in 24 hours than did the Doldrummed Playstation.

An interesting historical note: Team Legato, then Enza  sailed to the equator in 7 days during her 1994 Jules Verne attempt.

For the top 4 boats the theme will be fast trade winds sailing, as force 4-5 tradewinds provide opportunities for speed testing against each other and against records.

For the back markers winds will be lighter and there are still the Doldrums to cross.

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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: "
Our goal is to get south as quickly as possible and take the first left turn entrance that we can find onto the Southern Ocean Freeway. This means we need to get around the South Atlantic High going over almost to Brazil before we can turn east around the globe. We are all getting the boat and ourselves ready for 30 days of cold, exhilarating sailing around the bottom of the planet."

Times Clipper Update

Leg 5 is  from the Galapagos Islands to Hawaii, 4100 miles.

Leader: London Clipper by 67 miles

Best 24 Hour Run: Plymouth Clipper 214 miles†

Position: All north of the equator

Current Weather: Light winds.

Weather Forecast: Near the equator the winds vary greatly.

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 173 miles

Position: 700 miles to go

Current Weather: W Force 4

Weather Forecast: NE Force 4-5



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