Team Legato and Warta-Polpharma race on.
It is obvious that these two boats will be finishing the race out of time (deadline 30 days after the finish of the first, or April 2nd 2001), this rule having been defined by the challengers themselves. The organisers have decided to leave the line open to allow the boats to finish in Marseilles, come what may, even if it is quite clear that the challengers will be continuing to race under their own responsibilities as from April 2nd.
The boats will be declared finished, fourth and fifth, out of the time limits. The Race will continue to follow-up their progress and distribute press coverage via the Press Office and the Internet site www.therace.org. In the meantime, Warta-Polpharma left Portaleza yesterday at 1530 GMT to get back into the race. Unfortunately, two members of crew have had to leave the boat for medical reasons. They are Richard Block and Piotr Cichocki who is suffering from abscesses to his left leg.
This morning Team Legato was ranked ahead of Warta-Polpharma, although the two boats are not at all on the same longitude. These last two competitors in The Race promise us a good battle as far as the finish. This morning Team Legato was making fast progress, 19/20 knots, while Warta-Polpharma was bogged down in light airs. Both boats have the crossing of the Equator and the Doldrums in their sights.
Cam Lewis and his crew are full of ambitions for the months to come, with notably an attempt on the east-west Atlantic crossing record between Cadiz and San Salvador, held since last summer by Club Med. Monster.com has decided to extend its partnership with the boat, becoming the main sponsor of the team.