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3 March 2001, 09:42 am
Club Med Slows In the Med
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Light winds hinder Club Med on her final run in to the finish.
Shortly after 22h00 hours yesterday evening, Club Med and her guys crossed the longitude of Tarifa (Spain), the gateway to the Mediterranean. A warm front has caught up with the leaders and locked them in place in the middle of the Alboran Sea, powerless.

According to Gilles Chiorri of Météo Consult, " A warm front has stopped them and what's more, the low is at a standstill over Spain. But the wind will pick up again at the beginning of the afternoon and should even strengthen to 35 knots overnight. " With this wind, Club Med should finish late on Saturday evening

Positionend 1000 miles from the Straight of Gibraltar, the 35-knot south-west wind is pushing Innovation Explorer along at high speed. One ocean behind, Team Adventure is bowing down before 35/40-knot winds. Fred Brousse : " We were going so well downwind. But we keep telling ourselves that we'll soon have nice warm sunny weather. For the time being, we are making sure that the boat doesn't suffer too much and Cam doesn't want to plough into heavy seas, so we've shortened sail ".

Warta-Polpharma is getting ready for the worst. A violent storm is awaiting them to conclude the Poles' Southern Ocean passage - the way out is dangerous. 70, 80 knots are announced and even if they it very much looks as though the sky is about to come tumbling down.
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