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5 April 2001, 09:02 pm
Team Legato Last At Last
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The Race

The diversion to the Canaries is dragging out for Team Legato.
After having had to face up to winds on the nose for 48 hours, she then had to cope with light airs further delaying her arrival in Las Palmas and now, with barely 50 miles left to go, there's a strong north-easterly blowing across the islands.

It was a frustrated Tony Bullimore who confirmed it last night. "We are obliged to sail with whatever wind we get, and it dropped to 2 or 3 knots for a few hours, and now we have a very strong north-easterly blowing across the islands which is causing us a few worries. Would you believe it? Right from the moment when we made the decision to repair the mast in Las Palmas, we have had to battle against the wind and its been like that for 1000 miles"

At this pace, the English catamaran clocked up only 98 little miles in 24 hours, it was obvious that the Poles would not take long to get ahead in the rankings. It's now done and they are once again ahead of Team Legato by 44 miles. In Las Palmas a team is ready to receive the boat and change the broken part as quickly as possible. The local Yacht Club is on hand to help.

These whims of the weather couldn't be better for Roman Paszke and his crew who are still making good progress, although not quite so fast, towards the Rock. They are also beating to weather, and the Poles only covered 247 miles in the last 24 hours. However one can just imagine their satisfaction at having retaken "the lead" in this race, with 1400 miles left to go to the finish in Marseilles.

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