Ushant bound

Amer Sports Too enters French waters on the way to leg eight restart

Sunday May 19th 2002, Author: Nigel Cherrie, Location: France
Amer Sports Too is making slow progress towards towards Ushant, an island of the westernmost part of France.

Skipper Lisa McDonald reported this morning that the yacht was making 6.5 knots and was still 50 nautical miles from Ushant. "We are sailing into a building breeze from the south-west. It’s right on the bow. Then breeze is coming from 230-235 degrees and the course we want to sail is 234," she told the Nautor Challenge shore team. "We are racing to round Ushant by early this evening so we can start the reach into La Rochelle."

Amer Sports Too is expected into the stop over port of La Rochelle on Monday night or Tuesday morning, but the crew will get no rest before the re-start on May 25th. Minor damage to the bow caused when the yacht was being towed by the Canadian Coast Guard ice breaker Edward Cornwallis and to the stern quarter caused by the broken mast will have to be repaired.

"We will be out of the water for at least two days. We also need to work on the water ballast system and complete all the normal checks and maintenance we do at the end of every leg. We also have quite a lot of work to do on the sails," continued Lisa, who is encouraging the crew to get as much rest as possible during the delivery voyage. "We had two very long days in England and there won’t be any time off in La Rochelle before the leg starts on Saturday."

Their new mast appears to have settled in well as the Farr designed Volvo Ocean 60 experienced 30-knot headwinds yesterday as they beat across the English Channel. "The rig’s doing really well," she said, but added, "We’re keeping an eye on it."

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