The 3400 mile journey of the SAP Cape to Rio 2003 is drawing to a close for the Swedish trimaran Nicator.
With only 30 miles to go to reach the Carnival City, skipper Klabbe Nylöf said that they are obviously disappointed that they could not meet the 12 days 16 hours deadline which expired this morning at 05h00 GMT.
"We tried desperately to equal the mono-hull record set by Zephyrus in 2000, but the weather conditions were not in our favour. We sailed the shortest course we could and did all we could do. It's sad that we're going to miss it by only a couple of hours. But I'm very happy and can't wait to get on land,"
said Nylöf during a satellite phone call.
They are expected to arrive in Rio within an hour (approximately 12h30 SA time)
On board, everyone is looking forward to a long shower and some proper food. The fast trimaran is renowned for its speed, but not necessarily all the conveniences on board the bigger maxi's and cruisers.
The crew spent the largest part of the 12-day journey on the netting between the bows and according to navigator Magnus Woxen, skipper Klabbe is not happy with all the sun as he is well done - as they call it onboard.
Nicator will however find some satisfaction in the fact that they've slashed the multi-hull record by more than 6 days.