Please select your home edition
MS Amlin 2019 - 728x90
Product Feature
Harken 29mm Block - 348
Harken 29mm Block - 348

Boats for sale

Wellington NZ - arrival soon of Team Adventure

by Keith Taylor on 15 Feb 2001

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, February 15, 2001 -Team Adventure, the 110-foot
American catamaran competing in The Race of the Millennium, entered Cook
Strait this afternoon and was expected to dock in Wellington before

The big cat, currently placed third in the non-stop race around the world,
is making its second stop to repair the main crossbeam, first damaged when
the boat struck a rogue wave in the Southern Ocean west of Cape Town, South
Africa. The beam is one of two major structural members that ties two hulls
together, and also supports the boat's 15-story high wing mast.

As a penalty for accepting outside assistance, the boat must remain in port
for 60 hours. However the repair work might take as long as 90 hours,
according to initial estimates prepared by the international team of boat
builders that has gathered to perform the work.

Team Adventure began picking up speed this afternoon as she rounded Cape
Farewell, marking the entrance to Cook Strait, at the northwestern tip of
the South Island.

'We are beginning the turn into Cook Strait and the boat speed has picked up
to 14 knots,' co-navigator Larry Rosenfeld reported at 3:30 PM local time.
'The water is flat and we can make good time. We still have 130 miles to go
and it is difficult to forecast our exact arrival time because a few knots
difference in wind speed has a major effect on our boat speed. Remember,
this boat can sail at 1.85 times the speed of the wind under ideal

Skipper Cam Lewis was philosophical about his boat's delayed arrival in
Wellington. It was originally forecast to get here on Tuesday.

'Today has been one requiring patience, with light to very light winds, and
few miles sailed,' he said. 'We only logged 150 miles in the last 24 hours.
That is not an impressive performance but that is life here today. With a
new breeze forecast to come in from the northwest, we expect a speedy sail
down Cook Strait.

'Patience has been the key ingredient to staying focused on sailing in light
airs. It is always easy to blast along in a breeze and fine-tune the sails
and rigging for that last little bit of speed. When it comes down to
drifting around in light changing conditions one has to stay calm and relax,
changing gears, tweaking sails and eking out a knot or two of speed with
subtle changes to course and trim.

'We got so slow today for a while that our sailmaker Randy Smyth did his
wind dance and jumped overboard just to scare up a breeze. It worked well.
Within minutes of his splash and quick swim a new breeze quickly filled in
and away we went.'

Lewis reported that structural repairs made in Cape Town to the internal
framing of the crossbeam were holding up well and were not part of the
current problem. The damage, he said, was limited to repairs to the external
skin of the crossbeam, where several laminates of carbonfiber cloth were
being stripped away by the action of waves blasting against the beam and
exposing the inner core of the skin.

After leading in the early stages of The Race, Lewis' boat was only 140
miles behind the current race leader Club Med when she struck the wave,
damaging the beam and injuring two crewmembers who were put ashore in Cape
Town for medical treatment. Two other crew members chose to leave the boat
for personal reasons. Today, Team Adventure was 6,054 miles behind Club Med,
skippered by New Zealander Grant Dalton. The second-placed boat, Innovation
Explorer, was 1,025 miles astern of Club Med.

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


Keith Taylor Lydia Langston
Taylor Associates Team Adventure
Tel: +64-21-157-7937 Tel: +1 (401) 862-7600

Related Articles

Funding for sailing projects tackling inequality
The £150,000 of National Lottery Funding was awarded to the RYA. Some 17 Sailability and OnBoard venues throughout England will receive individual grants of up to £10,000 for projects that aim to tackle inequalities in sport and help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19.
Posted today at 3:23 pm
The International Canoe Advent Calender 2020
The class remains one of the biggest challenges in dinghy sailing With limited events throughout the year the International Canoe Class has decided to use the advent period to show off what the class has to offer. Each day a new image will be posted to show the dynamics of this long historical class.
Posted today at 9:53 am
Kevin Escoffier: "The boat folded at 90 degrees"
Skipper describes the moment he had to abandon his IMOCA 60 PRB in the Vendée Globe After eleven and a half hours in his liferaft since being forced to abandon his IMOCA 60 PRB in strong winds and big seas 840 nautical miles SW of Cape Town, Vendée Globe skipper Kevin Escoffier was dramatically rescued by fellow competitor Jean Le Cam.
Posted today at 8:45 am
2020 Lark Travellers' Series overall
Harry Pynn & Gemma Cook win In a year of cancelled events, they managed to hunt down those allowed to happen, showing their versatility by winning a pre-Covid Northampton, and post-lockdown Salcombe and Frensham Opens.
Posted today at 7:06 am
Dame Ellen says 'Thank You'
As cancer charity celebrates Giving Tuesday Dame Ellen MacArthur is saying 'Thank You' to everyone who has enabled her charity - the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust - to keep supporting young people in recovery from cancer through the pandemic on international Giving Tuesday (1 December).
Posted today at 7:01 am
Black Jack returns for the Rolex Sydney Hobart
Black Jack is still the boat to beat in lighter wind Ever wonder how much work goes into preparing a yacht for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - never mind a big boat that has just returned from Europe amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
Posted today at 6:18 am
Vendée Globe: Escoffier rescued from liferaft
Kevin Escoffier (PRB) has been rescued by fellow competitor Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!) At 0118hrs UTC the PRB Team was informed that their Vendée Globe race skipper Kevin Escoffier (PRB) has been rescued by fellow Vendée Globe competitor Jean Le Cam (Yes We Cam!).
Posted today at 3:23 am
Shattered dreams
It's impossible not to feel sorry for Alex Thomson having to pull out of the Vendée Globe It's impossible not to feel sorry for Alex Thomson having to pull out of the Vendée Globe. He cut a dejected figure in the cockpit of his Hugo Boss IMOCA as he made his way towards Cape Town following the damage to his starboard rudder.
Posted on 30 Nov
Kevin Escoffier (PRB) activates Distress Beacon
Jean Le Cam alters course to assist Kevin Escoffier, 40, who is racing in third place in the Vendée Globe solo non-stop around the world race, positioned some 550 nautical miles SW of Cape Town, has triggered his distress beacon.
Posted on 30 Nov
In Conversation with Bryan Stewart
International Sales and Marketing Manager at Vaikobi Mark Jardine chats with Bryan Stewart, International Sales and Marketing Manager at Vaikobi about building the paddling and sailing brand, increasing distribution, the uplift in participation in water sports and looking forward to a a more normal 2021!
Posted on 30 Nov