And the verdict is...

Around Alone Race Committee rule on the fate of Graham Dalton's Hexagon

Tuesday September 3rd 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Following the subject of some speculation the Around Alone Race Committee have made their decision over the face of Graham Dalton's Hexagon. This has just been published by the Race Committee.

"Hexagon has submitted a request to have 'extenuating circumstances' considered as a result of her failure to complete her qualification voyage by the published deadline of 1200 DST (Daylight Saving Time Newport R.I.) on 1st September 2002.

"Race Committee has considered the situation of Hexagon and finds that Hexagon failed to meet the qualification deadline of 1200 DST on 1st September 2002. The Race Committee is not prepared to extend the deadline.

"In consideration of the request to have 'extenuating circumstances' considered as a result of Hexagon’s dismasting on her initial attempt at a Trans-Atlantic qualification voyage and the wind conditions in the North Atlantic, the Race Committee has decided to impose the following penalty and allow Hexagon to compete in the Around Alone Race.

"Qualification Penalty
Six (6) hours per 24 hours or part thereof pro-rated from 1200 DST on 1st September 2002 until arrival at her Newport berth. The qualification voyage must be completed with all the other requirements of Rule 7.1 and 7.2 of the Notice of Race.

"This penalty will be in addition to the late arrival penalty as per rule 7.2 of the Notice of Race.

"Application of Penalty
The combined penalty times shall be applied to Leg 1 of the Around Alone Race (New York to Torbay).

Robin Knox-Johnston
Chairman - Around Alone Race Committee"

It is likely that Hexagon will reach Newport on Thursday or Friday and so will receive two 24-30 hour time penalties - 48-60 hours.

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