Soldini abandons record attempt

Damage caused withdrawal of TIM

Sunday May 19th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Mediterranean
Around Alone winner Giovanni Soldini has been on stand by to make an attempt on the transmed record from Marseilles to Carthage. Steve Fossett recently made an attempt on this record, unsuccessfully, on board PlayStation.

Conditions were perfect yesterday for the 458 mile passage south to north Africa with 20+ knot winds from the northwest. Soldini and his team of Vittorio Malingri, Guido Broggi, Tommaso Stella and Gerardo Siciliano on the 60ft trimaran TIM (formerly Fila) were expecting to make the passage in less than 22 hours in order to break Florence Arthaud's record of 22 hours, 9 minutes and 56s set in 1991.

The 60ft trimaran set off 20-25 knot conditions but after 30 miles they had to gybe. During this manoeuvre they failed to release the Cunningham causing all the battens to break. They returned to La Ciotat (near Marseilles) where once they have replaced the carbon fibre battens they will be on standby for their next attempt which at present looks most like to be on 22 May.

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