Dennis completes qualifier

For September's Around Alone race

Monday August 26th 2002, Author: Barby MacGowan, Location: United States
John Dennis has successfully completed his qualifying run for Around Alone the singlehanded round the world race with stops. Sailing solo, he covered the distance of approximately 2150 miles from Newport, R.I., to the Azores in 12 days and 7 hours. He is now on his way back to Newport, assisted by three crewmen, and has been "stuck in a windless high for three days" with about 1,550 nautical miles left to go.

"I'll have some work to do on the boat, including some minor damage repair," reported Dennis, from aboard his 50-foot yacht Ascensia, named in honour of
his principle sponsor Bayer. "The boat performed well, however, and I don't plan on any modifications."

Dennis, a 57-year old commercial real estate manager from Toronto who will be making history as the first skipper with diabetes to compete in a solo global yacht race, also reported that he had no problems monitoring his glucose levels. He uses an Ascensia DEX? monitor to measure his blood sugar levels so he can adjust his diet accordingly.

"It is frustrating to say the least that his return voyage is so slow," said Dennis' wife Penny, "but he is looking forward to being back in Newport by the end of August and preparing for September's start."

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