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19 March 2001, 10:12 pm
Polish Disaster Details
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The Race

Warta-Poplpharma will not reach Marseilles within the next ten days an thus will not rank as a finisher in TheRace.
At 2100 GMT last night, the crew of Warta-Polpharma heard a tremendous crack. "We don't know what happened exactly, we were sailing normally in medium wind conditions. After hearing this loud noise, we carried out an inspection of the boat. The deck of the port hull had cracked just 2 metres ahead of the main beam. We immediately dropped sail and relieved the hull by turning round 180?. We got ready to eventually abandon ship in case the crack got worse, but happily nothing of the sort happened.. We used spare battens which we have laminated to bring the two parts of the hull together. However it was evident that we could not continue to beat to windward so our only solution was to head for Brazil. We are in contact with our shore team to find the port the best suited to the repairs envisaged, with notably equipment for hauling out the boat".

The race continues for Team Adventure whose crew are all smiles again now that they have 25/30 knots of wind propelling them along at about 20 knots average. With just 409 miles to go to the Straits of Gibraltar, Team Adventure should reach Marseilles sometime during the day of March 23rd.

Team Legato is making 16 knots in a difficult sea and is doing everything to cross the Equator as quickly as possible, even if the boat does not have much hope of finishing before April 2nd. Tony and all his crew are very sorry for the Poles and hope all the same that they can finish their circumnavigation after repairs to the boat.
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