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4 June 2001, 07:42 pm
Additional Crew For Innovation Explorer
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The Race

Innovation Explorer has added two new prestigious members of crew for The Race.
Olympic Tornado Gold Medallist, Yves Loday and the first and only woman to participate in The Race, Helena Caputo-Novak, the wife of Skip Novak, co-skipper of the boat.

Helena started sailing at an early age with her brother Paulo. Her first Atlantic crossing dates back to 1986 (Transat des Alizes), and she crewed with Bruno Peyron on Explorer holding the Pacific crossing record with him. "This decision is very recent, and I'm starting to get used to the boat having delivered her from Antibes to Barcelona, however I'm not a professional sailor," Helena insisted.

On Team Adventure, sunshine enabled a good part of the boat to be emptied and dried out, "today we've loaded the safety equipment and the personal effects of the crew" declared Peter Grubb, the maxi-catamaran's Project Manager. Stores will be loaded tomorrow or the next day when all the crew are back on board. There's some lamination work on the programme for Warta-Polpharma for part of the crew, and reception and packing of the food for the others. A job that will take two days because Roman Paszke, the skipper has decided to take enough food for 85 days.

All is quiet on PlayStation and Club Med whose level of preparation is almost perfect. "The boat has been in racing configuration for several days already, fuelled up and all the food on board. We are fine tuning the details according to the schedule we set ourselves, which enabled us to have as quiet a week as possible to rest and have a good time with our families" explained Franck Proffit.

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