Club Med Back in the Yard

Dalton's maxi-cat safely home

Friday August 18th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
The logistical support performance of the Club Med team has been at least as impressive as the on-the-water performances of the boat. It was only two weeks ago that we were reporting that Grant Dalton’s maxi-cat had broken the crash box off the port bow, during a trans-Atlantic passage. Dalton immediately turned the boat round and headed back to Newport, Rhode Island. Within 24 hours of arrival she was on a ship to France, docking in Quiberon Bay last Friday, the 11th August. Club Med is now back in the Multiplast boatyard where she was built.
While in the yard the cat will undergo a full check and refit, as well as the repair to the bow. The crew will also be putting into place some of their ideas for modifications to the layout, after the several thousand miles of sailing they have already completed. When all the work has been done, hopefully by the end of September, Club Med will resume her preparation in the Western Approaches and off the Atlantic coast of Ireland, before heading down to Villamoura in Portugal. She will train out of there for a month - also a popular spot with Volvo Ocean Race programmes, because of the quick access to ‘proper’ deep ocean conditions. During this period the plan is also to do a couple of practice runs through the Straits of Gibraltar, in preparation for what will be a crucial opening to The Race - the exit from the Mediterranean after the start in Barcelona. They will finish the training in Antibes, before heading to Monaco for the prologue of The Race, scheduled for December 2nd and 3rd.

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