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3 February 2003, 05:35 pm
Aloha All Round
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Clipper 2002/2003 Round the World Race
Oahu, Hawaii

With all eight Clipper crews now sampling Hawaiian hospitality, the Race Director, Colin de Mowbray, reports from the Ko Olina Resort & Marina:
"As I drove over the crest of the hill on Route 1, a panoramic view of the south west corner of Oahu opened out. There, quite unmistakably, was one white sail gleaming in the sun with a dead straight wake in the bright blue sea.

"What a memorable moment to see New York Clipper charging for the finishing line after 4,000 miles and three weeks of hard racing. Sam Fuller and the New York crew got the largest and warmest reception as everyone cheered them to their mooring. And now we are 8!"

New York Clipper powered across the finish line at 03:25 GMT on Sunday, 2 February (17:25 local time on Saturday). For the final time the Reception Committee greeted the skipper and the crew with the traditional flower garlands, this time just beating the welcome from the Immigration Department.

All eight Clippers are now proudly berthed in the beautiful Ko Olina Marina and the crews are already busy sorting out the cleaning and the maintenance.

The Prize Giving for the Ko Olina Cup takes place tonight, Monday 3 February, when Richard Butler and the crew of Bristol will be presented with this magnificent trophy. The crews from Liverpool and Jersey will join them on the podium.

This time the fleet has beaten most of the families and friends who are now arriving in Oahu - it may not always be this way round!
Clipper Media/ISAF News Editor
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