Team Philips flies

On day two of her third set of sea trials Team Philips hits 26 knots in 12-14 knots of breeze, reports Ed Gorman

Thursday November 23rd 2000, Author: Ed Gorman, Location: United Kingdom
Team Philips was back out sailing on Thursday morning (November 23) and Pete Goss and his crew were thrilled with her performance as the big blue cat rocked up to 26 knots in just 12-14 knots of breeze outside Dartmouth.

Syndicate spokeswoman Vicky Williams reported from Team Philips "mission control" that Goss had had an "absolutely fantastic sail". She added: "They say it really feels like she's there - they are feeling really confident with her."

Among the crew for the second day of this third set of sea trials was rig designer Barry Noble who carried out a detailed inspection of the fittings at the bottom of the two huge wingmasts and was happy with what he saw.

Later in the day as the breeze dropped away, Goss was planning to fly the boat's huge headsail which is attached at the masthead and a point about halfway between the front beam and the tip of the bow. The sail is designed to give the boat extra power in the 0-6 knot wind range.

Team Philips was due back in Dartmouth before nightfall. She is expected to continue this series of day-sails for the time being. An announcement on a replacement crew for journalist Mike Calvin - who resigned a month ago - will be made within a few days.

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