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20 February 2004, 09:48 am
Bank BPH Covers 286 Miles In First 24 Hours
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Round The World Record Attempt
Round the World

After first 24 hours into the round the world record attempt, Bank BPH yacht has covered 286 nautical miles. At 10:00 AM UTC, the Polish yacht was positioned just 50 miles of the city of La Coruna and 60 miles from Cape Finisterre on coast of Spain.
"Weather conditions were just as we have predicted", said Wojciech DLUGOZMA, "the 30-35 knots of Northwesterly wind, allowed us to cover a lot of miles in the first day and we are making steady progress south."

With help of German meteorologist Meeno SCHRADER, who works as a part of shore crew as yacht's router, the Polish sailors had nailed the perfect weather window in the Bay of Biscay which is know for light easterly winds.

At the time of the report Bank BPH has been sailing at 17 knots bearing 217 degrees. "The kite is up and everyone is enjoying some good downhill sailing".

Aboard the yacht, Polish crews have just consumed their first meal and the sailors are feeling strong and confident about their record attempt.

It is worth mentioning that food selection and preparation have been one of the biggest challenges for the shore team. The freeze-dried meal preparations have been given as much attention as sails, rig or electronics. Considering the fact that Bank BPH will spend nearly 3 months on the water, food supplies on the Polish Volvo 60 are the biggest weight factor of the yacht.

Following the experience of sailors aboard maxi catamarans sailing The Race in 2000. Bank BPH yacht is predicted to sail a lot faster once in the Southern Ocean due to the fact that large amount of food will be gone by that time therefore boat will be a lot lighter.
Sailhead.com (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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