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23 April 2007, 02:08 pm
DALTON Misses Theoretical Cut Off Point
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VELUX 5 OCEANS 2006-2007

At 16:20 UTC on 22 April, Graham DALTON (NZL) had not arrived in Norfolk, USA. By not arriving within this timeframe he is theoretically unable to start leg 3 and at the same time respect the rules of the VELUX 5 OCEANS. The race rules state that he must start leg 3 within seven days of the official start but that he must also spend 72 hours in the host port.
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The result is that when he arrives in Norfolk to complete leg 2, he will either decide to retire from the race or choose to start to Bilbao and in doing so break one of the rules, either leaving before the mandatory stop over of 72 hours has elapsed or leaving after the one week start window has expired. If DALTON breaks one of these rules, he will be subject to a protest from race organizers and/or one of the other skippers, which will then be ruled upon by the jury.

However, for the moment DALTON is still racing to complete leg 2 in Norfolk and remains part of the VELUX 5 OCEANS until he is safely on land. He is 484 miles away from the Norfolk finish, doing 11 knots and expected to arrive on Wednesday. He is in constant communication with Race Director David ADAMS and closely monitored by race headquarters. When he crosses the finish line in Norfolk, he will be given an official time and position for leg 2. He will then have to assess his future in the race, determine the action he wishes to take and the status he will receive.

Race Director ADAMS commented, 'My main priority at the moment is the safety of Graham DALTON and his successful arrival in Norfolk, Virginia. We will then let Graham make a decision on how he wishes to proceed and allocate the relevant status.'

DALTON's story in the VELUX 5 OCEANS has been an epic story of drama, emotion, bravery and endless bad luck. His journey has inspired many hundreds of people around the world, and the public and race organizers in Norfolk are ready to give him a hero's welcome when he arrives at the Virginian city. His determination in the face of problems that would have defeated a lesser man has illustrated the very qualities needed to take part in The Ultimate Solo Challenge. The challenge though is one of the toughest in any sport in the world and the completion of the challenge is a feat achieved by so few.

About The Race

The VELUX 5 OCEANS is the longest race for any individual in any sport. Over the first few days, the fleet will make their way along the northern coast of Spain to Cape Finistère where they will turn south towards the Southern Ocean. However, all of the skippers know that this race is a marathon and not a sprint. During the 30,000 miles sailed in the VELUX 5 OCEANS race, the yachts will encounter some of the most extreme sea and weather conditions on the planet.

For a complete list of all the news about the VELUX 5 OCEANS 2006-2007 CLICK HERE.

Tim Kelly (As Amended by ISAF), Image, Graham DALTON:© onEdition
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