Legato completes The RaceThe last of the boats taking part in The Race has just completed the voyage round the world in 104 days, 20 h and 52 minutes.
Team Legato was the oldest boat to have entered the race and was helmed by the Englishman Tony Bullimore. She lowered her sails in front of the Digue des Catalans in Marseilles at 10h08 local time today, Sunday morning, crossing the finishing line outside the official time limit.
The English catamaran was welcomed by a large number of boats which have been taking part in the SNIM (Marseille International Sailing Week) and which had just left the Vieux Port to start racing.
Tony Bullimore became one of the best known British sailors in the world after his spectacular rescue in the Southern Ocean during the 1996/1997 Vendée Globe. After many setbacks, and particularly having to complete their qualifying sail in Spain, the Brits were able to set out on The Race, finally leaving Barcelona a few hours after the official start.
The emotion and exhaustion felt by the crew which was down to just six members by the end of the race, was written all over their faces: Tony Bullimore (UK), Paul Larsen (AUS), Slava Sysenko (UKR), Fred Dahirel (FRA), Kevin Pahl (US), Mike Gettinger (US), were all happy to finish the race and meet up with family and friends who have come to Marseilles to see them in.
Team Legato's arrival in the Vieux Port de Marseilles marks the end of the first edition of The Race, the non-stop round the world crewed yacht race.
Final ranking :
1. Club Med, Marseilles on 3rd March 2001 in 62 d 6 h 56 m
2. Innovation Explorer, Marseilles on 6th March 2001 in 64 d 22 h 32 m
3. Team Adventure, Marseilles on 24th March 2001 in 82 d 20 h 21 m
4. Warta Polpharma, Marseilles on 10th March in 99 d 12 h 31 m (OTL)
5. Team Legato, Marseilles on 15th April 2001 in 104 d 20 h 52 m (OTL)