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1 April 2001, 08:42 pm
The Race Is Over For Team Legato
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The Race

Just when it was beginning to look as if Team Legato might not be last after all, disaster has struck.
While leading Warta Polpharma by almost 320 miles a major technical failure has occurred. The mast-step ball joint upon which the mast is stepped broke and the mast moved downwards, remaining more or less vertical. The crew prevented the boat from dismasting altogether and she is continuing towards route to Madeira, most likely bound for Las Palmas where she will call in and make repairs.

The Poles on Warta Polpharma are continuing north and should be arriving at Gibraltar roughly a week from now. With 2364 miles to go, the Polish boat is making about 12 knots or so. Over the next few days, they will have to find their way through the Azores High, which ought to be the last strategic challenge of the course.

The other three boats have already long since finished The Race and left Marseille. Team Adventure has headed off to Palma in Majorca. Her mainsail left for Palma in a truck a few days ago. The boat is going to be prepared for a series of record attempts. Club Med and Innovation Explorer are heading over to La Ciotat where both are to have their masts un-stepped and undergo a thorough overhaul.

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