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The Race...Legato with crew of six now into the 50's

by Barry Pickthall on 26 Feb 2001
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07:00 GMT TEAM LEGATO / WARTA POLPHARMA
Position: 47 45'S; 164. 30'W / 53 39'S; 115 34'W
Speed at time of satellite poll: 14.0knots / 10.4 knots
Average speed for last 4 hours: 15.0 knots / 14.3 knots
Course: 115 Degrees / 112 Degrees
Distance covered over 24 hours: 359 miles / 344 miles
Distance between the two: +1,707 miles

'We have finally hit the Southern Ocean and pulled back 52 miles on Warta Polpharma over the past 28 hours. It's not a lot, but it's a start' said TEAM LEGATO skipper Tony Bullimore today, relieved that they had finally shaken off the High pressure system that had been shadowing them since leaving Wellington New Zealand on February 21.

Now edging towards the 'Screaming Fifty latitudes, Bullimore and his crew have positioned themselves to pick up the next Low pressure system that should give them a succession of 4-500 mile a day runs during the coming week.

'The new crew routine is working fine, though temperatures are falling fast so we are having to wrap up well in our Henri-Lloyd oil-skins and thermals to keep out the cold. But we've still got our fresh food stocks which is helping to keep our inner fires burning - We had some giant sausages and mash for lunch today which was great.'

Leading positions at 07:00 GMT today

1. Club Med 2,483 miles to finish - Rounded Cape Horn 11.02.01
2. Innovation Explorer +690 miles - Cape Horn 12.02.01
3. Team Adventure 6,169 miles - Left Wellington 19. 02. 01
4. Warta Polpharma 6,234 miles - Left Wellington 17. 02. 01
5. Team Legato 7,940 miles - Left Wellington 21. 02. 01

PlayStation - RETIRED 14.01.01

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