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10 October 2004, 01:19 pm
Heading For the Canaries
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2004/2005 Global Challenge
Portsmouth (GBR) - Buenos Aires (ARG)

The race is still anyone's as the leader board continues to shift and the fleet still chase for the prime position.
BP Explorer is still out there in first place with Spirit of Sark refusing to give up the fight in second place. Vaio is clinging onto third place with Samsung chasing down hard in fourth.

Team Stelmar is biting down hard in fifth place and their daily log reveals just how tough this racinghas been before the much calmer conditions they now enjoy "I am sitting with the rest of my watch on the high side of the yacht in over 50 knots of wind. I am really not at all sure what day it is but we are in the middle of the night and the boat is lurching around in a wild sea with huge heaped waves. We are leaning against the guardrail in silence, totally transfixed and eyes staring into space. Every now and then a large foamy wave washes over the side of the deck letting freezing water trickle into our necks and sleeves. I know we are somewhere off the coast of Portugal but frankly it does not really matter where we are on the globe right now as this is a question of pure survival."

Heading towards the Canary Islands it is hot and sunny for the crews who are still riding high ongentle sailing conditions with a year long temperature of 22 degrees and plenty of wind.
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