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5 March 2003, 11:42 am
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WSSRC - The Discovery Route Record
San Salvador (BAH)

The World Sailing Speed Record Council have today officially ratified Playstation's new world record from Cadiz (ESP) to San Salvador (BAH).
Steve Fossett and his crew of twelve completed the discovery route in 9 days, 13 hours, 30 minutes and 18 seconds. One minute faster than was originally claimed, thanks to the WSSRC ratification process.

Having started on 15 February, the crew had an almost flawless Atlantic crossing, the only drawback being, when closing in on the finish, their mainsheet snapped, slowing the boat for a short period of time.

When on 24 February, they arrived on the island of San Salvador, Christopher Columbus' first landfall site on his voyage of discovery, they had beaten the previous record of 10 days, 14 hours, 53 minutes and 44 seconds, set by Grant Dalton and Club Med, by over a day.

The boat and crew now plan to spend the next few weeks around a number of Caribbean Regattas, starting with the St. Maarten Heineken regatta, starting this weekend in the Netherlands Antilles.
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