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 23 May 2000

Issue # 201

By Ike Stephenson

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Club Med launched 8 May, masted 16 May sailed for the 1st time on Friday 19 May.  Top speed under reduced sail was 34 knots.  Founder of The Race Bruno Peyron said about Club Med's first sail: "There's a potential and a power superior to anything I could have imagined. And at the same time, there's a balance that makes one feel right at home. And that's very comforting, because The Race shouldn't be a matter of gigantism ; it's first and foremost a story of men."  Peyron will serve as co-skipper as Club Med undertakes her training and initial shots at Trans Atlantic records.

Playstation Arrives in England

Yesterday Playstation arrived in England at the conclusion of a successful transatlantic crossing.  Official time for the crossing: Official time 7 days 13 hours 38 minutes and 6 seconds.

Below is a table comparing Playstation's package to previous records.  Note that Playstation did easily beat the qualifying standard for The race and thus becomes the second officially qualified team. 

 
Reference Days Hours Minutes Seconds Speed
Record 6 13 3 32 16.82
Plyastation 7 13 38 6 16.10
Race Qualifying Standard 8 4     14.92
1987 Record
74 ft. trimaran
7 12 49 34 16.16

2000 Match Racing Worlds 

Racing at the Match Racing World Championships begins tomorrow in Split Croatia.  The teams will sail Jeanneau One Design 35's.  

This regatta is normally known as the ACI Cup.  Defending world champion Sten Mohr won the regatta last year.  Peter Gilmour is a 4 time champion winning in: 1993,94,95&97.  

This pair along with Barker of New Zealand and Pace of France must be considered favorites.  It will be interesting to see how recent developments in New Zealand affect Barker.

Skippers/1 Sten Mohr (Denmark) 2 Bertrand Pace (France) 3 Peter Gilmour (Australia) 4 Magnus Holmberg (Sweden) 5 Luc Pillot (France) 6 Dean Barker (New Zealand) 7 Jesper Bank (Denmark) 8 Jes Gram-Hansen (Denmark) 9 Jesper Radich Johansen (Denmark) 10 Francois Brenac (France) 11 Tomislav Basic (Croatia) 12 Andy Green (Great Britain)

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