Code Zero arrives
The leg from England had been long and arduous after a hasty pit-stop in Torbay where Spirit of yukoh spent every second on the hard getting his keel bolts replaced, only to be put back in the water and arrive at the start line with moments to spare before the gun. It became evident that the Finot designed Spirit of yukoh was going to be a rocket ship downwind, and twice, in the trades and last week past the South Atlantic High, Koji made serious inroads into the fleet ahead, only to be foiled by light, fickle breezes and unfavourable upwind conditions in the Southern Atlantic.
Last week he sailed to within 90 miles of Derek Hatfield on Spirit of Canada, but the High moved ever so slightly and enveloped the Japanese sailor with calm winds scuttling his plans for a podium finish. His fourth place finish still has him ahead of Bayer Ascensia, the only 50-footer still sailing, and for that alone he must be grateful.
Positions at 0600hrs GMT 4th December 2002
Boat Lat Lon AvgBsp AvgHeading DTF (nm)
1. Tiscali, 30 31.120 S 13 41.480 W 10.21 kt 107 °T 1636.99 nm
1. Bayer Ascensia, 35 10.480 S 9 05.120 E 6.51 kt 87 °T 468.45 nm
2. BTC Velocity, 36 37.560 S 6 50.960 E 8.26 kt 93 °T 590.54 nm