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Bullimore won't stop in Wellington for new Sat. dish

by Barry Pickthall on 17 Feb 2001
15:00 GMT TEAM LEGATO WARTA POLPHARMA
Position: 45 23'S; 164. 36'E 40 31'S; 173 15'E
Speed at time of satellite poll: 19.0 knots 10 knots
Average speed for last 4 hours: 19.9 knots 13 knots
Course: 55 Degrees 110 Degrees
Distance covered over 24 hours: 477 miles 312 miles
Distance between the two: +489 miles

Tony Bullimore has just called the TEAM LEGATO race office to say that they
will NOT be stopping at Wellington to pick up a replacement for the
satellite transmitter washed overboard earlier today.

'No one can be sure when the replacement transmitter would arrive in
Wellington and we cannot afford to waste any time.' The British skipper
confirmed. 'We are racing on, working hard to catch up with our Polish
rivals on Warta Polpharma. We may also overtake Team Adventure which is now
in Wellington as well.' He added.

'The satellite dish is important, but not essentail and does not affect
safety onboard. We have a second satellite phone (NERA Satcom M) which will
work for several days after we leave New Zealand and again when we get to
Cape Horn. In between time, we will just have to make contact over the SSB
radio to get our weather information over'.

Leading positions at 15:00 GMT today
1. Club Med 5,031 miles to finish - Rounded Cape Horn 11.02.01
2. Innovation Explorer +781 miles - Cape Horn 12.02.01
3. Team Adventure 6,285 miles - Reach Wellington 15. 02. 01
4. Warta Polpharma 6,374 miles
5. Team Legato 6,862 miles
6. PlayStation - RETIRED 14.01.01

For further details, pictures and daily audio feed from the boat, contact
Barry Pickthall at the Team Legato Race office
Mobile Phone: +44 (0) 7768 395719
Office +44 (0) 1243 555561 Fax: +44 (0)1243 555562
E.mail: ppl@mistral.co.uk Web site: www.teamlegato.com

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