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5 March 2001, 06:00 pm
Innovation Explorer 320 miles from Marseille
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The Race

Innovation Explorer is currently lying 50 miles south of Ibiza and 70 miles east of the Spanish coast.
She is making headway in a 20-knot south-westerly flow which means that she is on a square run and has to gybe. She is expected to arrive in Marseilles on Tuesday evening.

One ocean further down, Team Adventure is sailing 578 miles to the west of Cabo Corrientes in Argentina and now has 2450 miles to go to the equator. Her average speed over the last hour is 17.6 knots bringing her latest 24-hour average to 19.3 knots. Cam Lewis's maxi-cat has clocked up 462 miles upwind over the last 24 hours. She is on a north-easterly heading and sliding along in 10/15-knot cross winds along the coast of South America.

Warta-Polpharma is on the north-easterly edge of a low pressure system lying 55° south and 50° west. As a result, she is making the most of a 25-knot north-westerly wind. She has covered close on 300 miles in a day at an average speed of 12.2 knots.

Meanwhile, Team Legato is making fine progress in a north-westerly flow : 430 miles clocked up at an average speed of 17.9 knots over the last 24 hours, with an 18.4-knot average over the last hour. According to Fred Dahirel, who was contacted yesterday, the positive effects of this low could well stay with them up to Cape Horn. The Horn lies more than 2000 miles ahead.

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