The Race Update

The finish line has been confirmed as Marseille, more on Team Philips and Club Med

Wednesday October 4th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
Bruno Peyron, the man who dreamed up The Race - non-stop, no-rules, one lap of the planet - confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday morning, 4th October, at the Centre Nautique et Touristique du Lacydon, that Marseilles would be the official finish of The Race. This is the third Mediterranean city to become involved, the prologue is in Monaco on the 15th, 16th and 17th December, and the start is in Barcelona on the 31st December. That gives the skippers, navigators and crews a double headache - getting these machines through the Straits of Gibraltar not once, but twice.
Meanwhile, the latest from Team Philips is that following a successful sail at the weekend, and a few days back in Dartmouth Marina for final preparations, they will depart on Thursday afternoon between 1200 and 1500. They are heading into the Atlantic for extended sea trials that will finish in New York. And, after our day in the Solent yesterday, Club Med is headed east towards the Thames and London, where she will be sailing under Tower Bridge early Friday afternoon - the best estimate is around 1300 - don't miss it if you're in the area.

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