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by Keith Taylor on 10 Feb 2001
The big American catamaran Team
Adventure was aiming directly at New Zealand's Cook Strait today as she
passed by the Southern tip of the island of Tasmania in towering waves with
winds gusting to 50 knots.

Far ahead of her, the lead boat Club Med, a sister-ship from the same
designer, was within 500 miles of Cape Horn. Innovation Explorer, another
sister-ship, was the second-placed boat, 900 miles astern of Club Med. The
three boats are part of a fleet of five remaining in The Race of the
Millennium, a non-stop race around the world from Barcelona, Spain to
Marseille, France, that started on December 31.

The 110-foot American boat, skippered by Cam Lewis, from Lincolnville, ME,
lost seven days in time and nearly 4,000 miles two weeks ago, after putting
into Cape Town, South Africa, to put ashore two crewmen injured when the
boat hit a freak wave. The team spent four and a half days repairing the
boat's main crossbeam which was damaged at the same time.

Larry Rosenfeld, co-navigator of Team Adventure, and Lewis's partner in the
Team Adventure Education Foundation project, forecast today that the boat
will reach Cook Strait, designated as a gate in the course, some time on
Sunday, weather permitting.

Although the boat is currently in the grip of powerful westerly breezes
generated by a major storm system further south, the winds are predicted to
diminish as she advances into the Tasman Sea east of Tasmania.

'Typing is really hard right now. We have three reefs in the mainsail and we
are flying the Solent jib,' Lewis reported in his daily satellite bulletin
from the boat. 'Yesterday we had a huge wind and wave day - too much wind to
have any real fun. The top wind was 55 knots and the biggest waves looked
like 50-footers when you looked back at them.

'They were probably 20 to 25-footers in real measurement terms, although 50
feet from top to trough is possible.

'These mountains of water were impressive, especially the breaking ones! 'In
the bright sunlight the colors of the effervescent blues were startling
because the entrained air bubbles brighten up the water.

'This one bird was doing some amazing aerobatics, flying upwind at the
breaking waves, entering into ground effect, accelerating and going vertical
and sometimes even right over into a roll. A great show.'

Team Adventure is a partner in a pair of innovative web sites., the web site of the National Geographic
Society, is the educational partner in the collaborative venture. The
National Public Radio affiliates WBUR in Boston, MA, at, and
WRNI in Providence, RI, at, are the exclusive radio media
partners., the leading global online careers site and the flagship brand
of TMP Worldwide (NASDAQ: 'TMPW'; ASX: 'TMP'), has signed a Sponsor Level
Partnership - becoming the first major sponsor of the team.

For more information on Team Adventure, go to
or visit the race site at Additionally, individuals
wishing to donate to the Team Adventure Education Foundation or corporations
looking for sponsorship opportunities should contact Lydia Langston at

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