The Race - 1530 - 26/1/01
"Well, we got out of jail," said skipper Cam Lewis, in a reference to the boat's enforced four and a half-day stopover in Cape Town to repair her damaged main crossbeam. "Now we are drifting some and sailing some. Right now we are heading for Marseilles via the short direction. We need to get turned around."
Speaking via a satellite telephone, Lewis and his partner, co-navigator Larry Rosenfeld said they had only covered five and a half miles, after restarting The Race an hour and a half earlier.
Team Adventure is now racing with only ten crew after two hurt crew members were prevented by their injuries from rejoining the boat and two other crewmen opted not to continue on the epic adventure.
While Team Adventure was drifting under cloudless skies on a hot, sunny day, her crew knew they had some tough sailing ahead. Out of the wind shadow of Table Mountain, the southeasterlies were blowing at 35 knots. Cape Point, 35 miles down the course, was reporting winds of 55 to 65 knots and big, confused wind-driven seas.
"It's not going to be easy," said Lewis. "We will have to claw our way south on port tack, with two reefs in the main and the staysail. We'll be punching straight into it. Once we get clear of the Cape of Good Hope, we have to work our way through a band of light air. Our forecasters have cautioned us that there is a deep low-pressure area advancing east. We need to get on the right side of the low and get east in a hurry."
Giving added emphasis to Lewis' words, her sisterships, the lead boat Club Med and the second boat, Innovation Explorer yesterday logged 24-hour passages of 599.2 miles and 584.5 miles respectively. These are the fastest times each boat has recorded during The Race. At the 10:30 AM GMT position report, Club Med was 3,000 miles ahead of Team Adventure. Innovation Explorer was 600 miles behind Club Med.
Team Adventure got off the dock this morning at 9:30 AM local time as her team of composite construction experts was still removing the last of their equipment from the interior of the repaired crossbeam. The boat took 20 guests sailing on Table Bay, including the building crew, media and local supporters. They hooked into a localized band of fresh breeze and hit 35 knots boat speed in flat water before offloading the visitors and officially restarting.
After leading at the beginning of The Race and later in the South Atlantic, Team Adventure was in second place at the time the accident happened. She was following her sistership Club Med, skippered by New Zealander Grant Dalton.