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24 June 2005, 02:24 pm
Houd Van Hout Nears Newport
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Faraday Mill OSTAR 2005
Newport, USA

Several competitors are lining up to finish in Newport, USA in the next couple of days. First in line at yesterday morning's positions was Houd Van Hout with only 93 mile to go.
Tension is mounting as frantic calculations are made to determine when he has to finish by in order to win the multihull class on corrected time. The provisional calculation is that he has to finish by 1427 UTC today, which equates to 1027 hours local time in Newport. Skipper, Leon BART (NED) reports that he has hardly any wind so it will be very close and the calculations may have to be run several times to make sure the correct result is obtained.

Close on BART's heels are Trois Milles Sabords and Tamarind with 115 and 135 miles DTG yesterday respectively. The best day's run on Wednesday was achieved by Lia DITTON (GBR) covering 186 miles in her lightweight tri Shockwave. DITTON also reported seeing the Global Challenge fleet as they sailed out from Boston, USA bound for France

In the early hours of Wednesday morning the first American competitor, Phil RUBRIGHT crossed the finish line at Castle Hill in his 45 foot Echo Zulu. RUBRIGHT's elapsed time was 23 days, 22 hours and 50 minutes.

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