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17 January 2003, 04:24 pm
Halfway Mark For Fleet Leaders
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Leading Multihull Nicator

SAP Cape to Rio 2003
Cape Town (RSA) - Rio (BRA)

The smallest boat in the fleet is heading for the halfway mark between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro and with 1784 miles to go, Gawie Fagan's Suidoos 2 should reach it later today.
After covering only 76 miles during the last 24-hour reporting period, she still holds onto the top spot for handicap honours in the mono-hull class.

Gauteng-based Baleka has moved into second spot on handicap and skipper Alex Schon is using his inland, light wind experience to good effect. Konica/Mallinicks Indaba is in third place

The boats that have taken a more northerly route appears to be catching better breezes, except for the Swedish trimaran Nicator who managed a distance of 314 miles at an average speed of thirteen knots while heading towards the center of the high pressure system. Skipper Klabbe Nylöf reported earlier today that they were doing a brisk 20 knots and are heading straight for Isla de Trinidade.

The Brazilian catamaran Adrenalina Pura is leading the second fleet with only 2081 miles to go to the Carnival City. The 65-foot carbon catamaran was custom-built for owner George Ehrensperger by a group of New Zealand boatbuilders, which he flew to his island.

The Rally fleet appears to be having a ding-dong battle and Cuming Thru leads the six boats, followed by yesterday's leader Inyoni, Aquila and Nauty 40s. Progress in this fleet is slow and those who have already used a substantial portion of their 200 mile motoring allowance will be wondering about making it to the finish by the cut-off time on February 5.
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