Team Legato goes slow
The good news for Tony Bullimore and his Team Legato crew is that they have sliced a further 212 miles out of the lead of their Polish rivals on Warta Polpharma over the weekend, having reeled them back to within 2,000 miles once more. The gap had been almost 3,000 miles two weeks ago.
The bad news is that light winds over the weekend has cost them all that they had in the bank as far as maintaining their 320-mile daily average is concerned. Bullimore and his boys are now carrying a 350-mile overdraft which they must make up once they reach the Trade Winds later this week.
St James's Yachting, Team Legato's weather routers, say that there is a narrow band of light winds extending more than 1,100 miles east of the Brazilian coast which they have to cross before reaching the Trade Winds - hopefully tomorrow. Then they have the promise of fast reaching conditions for the remaining 2,000 miles up to the equator where Tony and Co hope to regain what they have lost.
Race data (at 08:00 GMT 18March 2001).
07:00 GMT TEAM LEGATO WARTA POLPHARMA
Position: 27 28'S 36 55'W 6 26'N; 31 48'W
Speed at time of satellite poll: 10.0 knots 8.0 knots
Average speed for last hour: 9.6 knots 7.6 knots
Course: 32 Degrees 182 Degrees
Distance covered over 24 hours: 137 miles 206 miles
Distance between the two: +1,932 miles
TL Target 24 hour distance: 320 miles.
Mileage in hand since 4th March: - 350 miles
Leading positions at 07:00 GMT today
1. Club Med Finished Marseilles 19:56GMT 3.03.01
2. Innovation Explorer Finished Marseilles 11:32GMT 6.03.01
3. Team Adventure +1,740 miles - Crossed Equator 13.03.01
4. Warta Polpharma +1,250 miles - Cape Horn 02.03.01
5. Team Legato +1,932 miles - Cape Horn 11.03.01
6. PlayStation - RETIRED 14.01.01