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6 April 2001, 08:40 pm
Lightning Pit Stop For Team Legato
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The Race

It only needed five hours for Team Legato to repair her broken mast foot.
The approach to the Canaries necessitated 1000 miles of beating into the wind.

Escorted by a flotilla of RIBS from the Yacht Club Real de Las Palmas, Team Legato was awaited by a team and a mobile crane for lifting the mast prior to repairs. Once the shrouds were slackened, a manoeuvre directed by Ron Hansford, an engineer from Carbospars, it soon became apparent that the damage to the rig was in fact very light. The actual changing of the part needed only 2 hours work. Taking advantage of the stop, the electronic equipment was also checked and an alternator that had not worked since Wellington was repaired.

A good shower and steaks all round were devoured with pleasure by all the crew and the boat left her dock in Las Palmas at 04.00 this morning.

"It's thanks to everybody's remarkable work that we were able to get away again so quickly. Carbospars were very efficient and it was super that the Spanish engineers and the crane operator accepted working overnight..." complimented Tony. "We must now kick in the turbo and try and catch the Poles on Warta Polpharma in the 1500 miles left to go to Marseilles. We can push the boat in complete confidence."

Warta-Polpharma is no more 1150 miles from Marseilles - against Team Legato's 1370 - and is progressing along a direct route towards the mouth of the Straits of Gibraltar. With 230 miles covered on average in 24 hours, her finish in Marseilles is still expected on Wednesday.
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