Vendee Globe - 1200 - 14/11/00

Ed Gorman reports on Mike Golding's efforts to restart

Tuesday November 14th 2000, Author: Ed Gorman, Location: United Kingdom
Mike Golding, assisted by his preparateurs plus friends and colleagues from rival boats, is continuing to work round-the-clock to get Team Group 4 back on the Vendee Globe racecourse, before the ten-day period in which the official startline is open expires on Sunday afternoon.

Team Group 4's spare mast is now in Les Sables d'Olonne and is expected to be stepped on Thursday morning. That evening a new set of sails from North Europe's loft near La Trinite will arrive and Golding hopes to set sail again on Friday. He will be eight days behind the fleet, but he and his supporters are not giving up all hope of still producing a respectable finish in a race he started as one of the favourites until his rig unaccountably fell out of the boat.

Realistically however, Golding's main objective is the eastabout single-handed record which currently stands at 105 days and 20 hours and was set in the last Vendee by Christophe Auguin at the helm of Geodis (now racing under the name and skippered by Bernard Gallay).

Golding has refrained from further comment since he publicly set his sights on the record shortly after returning to Les Sables and is understood to be still dismayed by this further dose of terrible luck in Team Group 4. All the more frustrating for him is the fact that the rest of the fleet is now romping down the Portuguese coast on their way to the Canaries in ideal Open 60 conditions.

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