Maiden II sets sail

Tracy Edwards' mixed team embarks on Route of Discovery record attempt

Thursday April 11th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: none selected
After the briefest of stand by periods Maiden II set sail from Vilamoura during the early hours this morning and at 1112GMT crossed the Cadiz start line for the Route of Discovery record to the Bahamian island of San Salvafor.

At the start the 110ft maxi-catamaran encountered 25 knots winds from 310 degrees, gusting up to 35/40 knots. A nasty cross sea of 3 metres slowed progress, yet the mixed crew has managed to average 15 knots since the start.

"It was extremely exciting to hear the news from the boat that the crew has commenced their transatlantic record attempt," commented Maiden II's Sailing Director Tracy Edwards, who is not taking part in this attempt. "It was extremely exciting to hear the news from the boat that the crew has commenced their transatlantic record attempt".

Following her delivery trip from La Ciotat in the south of France at the weekend, the daggerboard which broke en route has been inverted and will be repaired in San Salvador.

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