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18 March 2001, 09:59 am
The Poles Move North
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The Race

Warta Polpharma crossed the equator between midnight and one o'clock on Sunday morning.
The whole crew was together in the cockpit on watch to see latitude zero slip away under the bows. The sort of moment which lends itself to happy men exchanging stories just because they are happy to be there. According to Dariussz, "It was Roman's turn this evening, and the whole crew was happy to look back and recall people they had met on races in the past. It was no doubt our last calm evening before the finish. " Many of us have changed the way we look at things during The Race.

It has been and still is an adventure for Team Adventure. They have had enough of being tossed about upwind. They are expecting the wind to change to a westerly direction,allowing them fast passage towards Gibraltar. Currently, the crew have no ideas for the future projects. Initially the boat will be sailed back to the United States to be shown to her partners and supporters. It then looks like an transatlantic record attempt is very much on the cards ? the current record is now over 10 years old.

Tony Bullimore and his crew are pushing their boat as hard as ever to try and finish The Race within the official time limit. Having covered almost 400 miles in the past 24 hours, she is maintaining a nice average speed, sailing on a beam reach on the direct route. During today's radio chat session, Tony Bullimore explained "We're doing everything we can as we too want to experience the joys of a warm welcome in Marseille". No-one doubts that even if Team Legato arrives outside the official time limit, Marseille will still put on a great show for the last boat in The Race .
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