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5 April 2005, 04:26 pm
Imagine It. Done. Reclaim Lead
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2004/2005 Global Challenge

Imagine It. Done. have reclaimed the lead and are now lying one nautical mile ahead of second place Spirit of Sark. After being overtaken earlier in the day BP Explorer have pushed back ahead of Team Stelmar and are now two miles behind the leader.
The chopping and changing continues at the head of the Global Challenge fleet in what is turning out to be a fascinating and exciting finish to leg four. After doggedly matching the performance of Imagine It. Done., Spirit of Sark seized the opportunity that light and fickle winds provided when the 'parking lot' on the approach to Cape Town took hold.

They drew level, then pulled a mile ahead of Imagine It. Done. this morning, then pulled further ahead by another mile before the long time leaders hauled them in.

Spirit of Sark skipper, Duggie GILLESPIE (GBR) has reported that all four leading yachts are in sight of each other!

'We have three yachts in visual contact - everyone's living on a knife edge at the moment!'

'The wind is very, very fickle indeed and there's current issues as well,' he continued in an interview just after he had crept ahead of Imagine It. Done. 'It's very fast changing and we're only just in front by a little whisker which could easily change again. This is why it is so exciting and it's really, really tense, certainly on board our boat at the moment!'

'It's quite amazing,' said GILLESPIE when asked about the current conditions, 'it's so different from where we've been in the Southern Ocean - the sea is flat and calm and we've got land right beside us which is so new to us.'

'We've got three boats in sight, there's seaweed, which we haven't seen for weeks and there are seals jumping out of the water - it's amazing! The deck work is changing very quickly, there's a lot to do in this light air. There's not a great deal of standard routines going on because we know the finish is so close.'

GILLESPIE went on to comment on the exciting finish that is unfolding the even to predict his team's later drop to second. 'It's going to be, well, it is a hell of a finish, we haven't even got to the finish line and it's fast changing and exciting but very tense as well … We're very please to be in the lead, but that could change within the hour…'

Dan Wedgwood (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The last time racing was this close for Spirit of Sark was coming oout of Sydney Habour :© Challenge Business
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