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Goss talks through his first day of sea trials

Tuesday November 21st 2000, Author: Ed Gorman, Location: United Kingdom
Team Philips returned to Dart Marina on Monday evening after what Pete Goss described as a "productive nine-hour sail" in the English Channel during which the crew calibrated strain guages and load cells and were able to get some valuable practice, sailing the 120ft cat under different sail configurations.

"It's been a first class day. Exactly what we wanted," said a delighted Goss. "A good mix of wind conditions which enabled us to do some good hard sailing in the morning and when the wind dropped off in the afternoon, we were able to do some fine tuning of the sail trim and other exercises. We have been able to strike some things off the job list and we look forward now to going out as the weather permits us over the next few days."

The crew will be slowly working up Team Philips over the next couple of weeks. They will be carrying out a series of day and overnight sails to test each area of the boat but the syndicate has warned that over the next few weeks there will "not be a great deal of information coming back from the boat."

Vicky Williams, spokeswoman for Goss, said the boat was unlikely to sail again until Thursday because a forecast gale would make it impossible to get Team Philips out of Dartmouth harbour. She said, in the meantime, the crew were involved in making some "small tweaks" to rigging as a result of the experience on the test sail.

Williams added that the crew had found sailing on one rig easier than they expected. "Apart from that, they discovered nothing except that it all works," she said.

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