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10 March 2001, 07:38 pm
Still They Race On
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The Race

Slowly but surely, Team Adventure and Warta-Polpharma are climbing towards the Equator
Slowly but surely, Team Adventure and Warta-Polpharma are climbing towards the Equator, into a zone full of navigational pitfalls.

At 0300 this morning, Team Legato was barely 500 miles from Cape Horn. Tony Bullimore and his crew hope to be in the right position relative to a low pressure system that is moving rapidly, so that they can round the Horn easily. In the last few hours there have been a few gear failures on board in the foul conditions they've been encountering.

Warta-Polpharma is suffering from wind problems at the moment, she isn't progressing too well and not on the direct route, it's tough. The reasons are a variable wind and a sea difficult to tame. "In the early evening the sea was so confused that we had to take in another reef and reduce down from the solent to the staysail, and yet the wind was barely blowing 20 knots. The we had hardly shaken out the reef and re-hoisted the solent, and bang! All hands on deck, a 35/43 knot squall hit us, sails dropped nice and quickly, thanks to a well-oiled crew. It was like a white wall speeding towards us" said Roman. And off they went again with three reefs and staysail.

All is well on Team Adventure which is gently approaching the Equator, in a rather fickle wind. With 4000 miles to go to Marseilles, the crew is beginning to think about the end of the race. Another ten days and it will be their turn to taste the warm welcome that the people of Marseilles reserved for the first two boats.

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