News from The Race

An update from the non-stop, no rules lap of the globe

Friday September 15th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
The Race is progressing towards its December 31st start, with a skippers technical meeting in Southampton over the 15th and 16th September. The objective is final validation of the general regulations and safety charter.
Meanwhile, waiting in Dock 4 at Southampton is PlayStation, looking for a crack at a record that Steve Fossett already holds in his last boat, Lakota - the Round Britain and Ireland. After that she will return to the yard for a complete overall - oh, and the addition of another 20 feet to the bow and stern of the boat.

Club Med is also expected to be back in the water by the end of next week, and sailing in British waters before heading out to Vilamoura in Portugal, for three weeks ocean training in the Atlantic. With the relaunch of Team Philips planned for 23rd September, it looks as though all three maxi-cats could be in roughly the same waters for the first time.

That's followed by the launch of Code One, the next of the Club Med sisterships, which is under the charge of Loick Peyron - that's on October 2nd. Then it's Team Adventure, who announced their launch date of mid-October just a couple of days ago, along with a weather and navigation team that includes Jean-Yves Bernot, Commanders Weather and Bill Biewenga.

Still going ahead are the projects of Polish skipper Roman Paszke, who is re-fitting the original Jules Verne 80 day barrier breaker, Explorer, and planning to be in the water by mid-October. Tony Bullimore is also rebuilding another famous Jules Verne boat - ENZA. They are still working on the rig but hope to launch again in mid-October.

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