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30 March 2001, 10:31 am
Bullimore Pulls Ahead
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Team Legato

The Race

Tony Bullimore and his Team Legato crew are now 70 miles closer to the Marseilles finish line than their Polish Rivals.
However, with the Azores High sitting right over Gibraltar at present, Tony and Co are well aware that this lead could evaporate very quickly once they close on the Mediterranean.

Tony writes: "At present we are pushing along into the North East Trades. It would be great to have the wind free us off by around 30 / 40 degrees, our speed would accelerate to around 20 knots, but that is just wishful thinking. We have pulled out a lead over the Polish boat of around 270 miles, which is all good stuff and a credit to the crew. However, we must continue to push all the way, and be careful. The winds looks far less certain closer to Gib' and we could lose this lead in a matter of hours. This race within TheRace could yet finish up too close to call.

At the moment, we are sailing with a full main and our Solent jib. We are going at a reasonable speed to windward and the boat feels good. There is no question that the extra 10ft that we added to Team Legato's bows before this race, help her to cut through the water better and certainly stop them from "digging in" when we are surfing at 25 / 30 knots down wind.
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