Five days at least

Small probability of Ellen MacArthur's big cat leaving next week

Saturday January 18th 2003, Author: Mark Turner, Location: Transoceanic
Word from the Offshore Challenge HQ in Cowes is that Kingfisher2 will no be leaving on her Jules Verne Trophy record attempt for at least five days.

"The weather window of opportunity we recognised 2 days ago is still there on our weather models but at this stage I would say there is only about a 30% chance of departure next Thursday," commented Ellen MacArthur.

The weather forecasts are hard to predict with any certainty when looking at 7 or 10 day weather models. The decision for Kingfisher2 to depart on their Jules Verne record attempt would provisionally be based on a 48 hour forecast with a call for the team to make plans to return to the base in Lorient. "At this stage it is a case of sitting tight and for the sailing team to enjoy the downtime they have..." said MacArthur.

The majority of the sailing team are now taking time off to visit family before the departure but Kingfisher2's shore team are still working hard on the final details on board...when one talks about a sailing 'team', the sometimes unsung heroes are those working around the clock on the detail preparation of the boat. Since September last year, Team Kingfisher has been lucky to have some totally dedicated guys working very long days and nights - managed by Technical Director Neil Graham, boat captain Jonny Mordaunt, Oli Allard and Rudi Steines have been working around the clock with just one
focus, get Kingfisher2 to the best possible level of readiness for when she leaves.

Supported in Lorient by for Maiden and Amer Sports Too crewwoman Emma Westmacott, Charles, Kate and the OC team, KINGFISHER2 would simply not be on a start line without the hard work of this team.

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