Please select your home edition
Edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club LEADERBOARD

The Race...Club Med moves away from Innovation Explorer

by Mer & Media on 26 Feb 2001
Sunday 25th February. Club Med is sailing comfortably and confidently towards the Straits of Gibraltar. Although not at high speed, the giant catamaran is in a controlling position in The Race with less than 10% of the course still to sail. Club Med's lead over second placed innovation Explorer was 717 miles at noon today and this will begin to open up again over the next few days.

Joined by satellite telephone this morning, skipper Grant Dalton had this to say: 'We are 2400 miles from the finish now and we are about to pick up our last weather system, the one that should take us all the way to the line. It is a big depression, the perfect storm; Europe will be battered by bad weather shortly. The sailing has not been the fastest lately and as I speak it is getting lighter again. The on watch crew are getting the halyard ready for the Code Zero spinnaker. But this should be the last quiet patch we have until a few days after the finish in Marseilles. We will pick up the influence of this depression and we'll be back down to smaller sails this evening and once again at high speed towards the Med.'

With regard to second placed Innovation Explorer, also now in the Northern Hemisphere but still under the influence of the Doldrums Dalton commented: 'I'm pleased to see we are opening up the distance again over Innovation Explorer again. I think we have paid are dues enough in this race and we need to get moving forwards again.'

Light winds are sometimes good as they allow residual seas to die down before the next weather patterns make their effects felt: 'This light period is quite good for us in some ways because the head sea associated with the headwinds we have had for the past few days will drop away and build up again in the right direction with the new Westerly winds that we will get soon. This is good for the boat because there will be less chance of us slamming into big head seas at pace, with the associated risks of damaging the boat. We just have to keep this boat in one piece between now and the finish.'

On the tactical situation with Innovation Explorer and what remains to be done before the finish: 'There are no real options left for Innovation Explorer. There is no way for them to pass us if we keep the boat in one piece. We are just going to keep ourselves between him and the finish line, mark him and cover his moves.'

Related Articles

Canada completes line-up for SailGP Season 3
Owned by innovative businessman and investment entrepreneur and lifelong sailor, Fred Pye SailGP has announced that the line-up for Season 3 - starting May 2022 - will be further enhanced with the addition of Canada joining the global league for Season 3.
Posted today at 3:32 pm
2021 Allen OK Inlands at Chase
Plenty of October sunshine for the fleet As promised the weekend started with plenty of sun but not a lot of wind. The schedule was for two races in the morning before lunch with another 2 in the afternoon.
Posted today at 3:24 pm
The Transat Jacques Vabre 2021
A tough challenge to end a great IMOCA season The IMOCA Class has enjoyed a vintage and innovative year in 2021 and now it is time for the finale - one of the classics in the repertoire - the 15th edition of the two-handed Transat Jacques Vabre.
Posted today at 3:13 pm
RS400 Inland Championship at Grafham Water
24 boats for Rooster National Tour Round 4 The wet and windy forecast did its best to put off the 24 RS400s that attended the 2021 Inlands. The wind did not disappoint, but the Saturday could have done with a little more sun and a lot less rain!
Posted today at 3:10 pm
Craftinsure Silver Scorpion End of Seasons
Flawless winners - except for the snapped halyard on the sail home Craftinsure Silver Scorpion Travellers Series - Crews:
Posted today at 1:25 pm
Ullswater Yacht Club's new-look Open Winter Series
Banish the winter blues and take part in the weekly Sunday-only event Winter is coming - Ullswater Yacht Club's new-look Open Winter Series starts on Sunday, November 7 and continues until Sunday, December 19.
Posted today at 12:39 pm
ILCA 7 Masters Inlands at Grafham Water
Some new faces put pay to Alan Davis getting the trophy back Another year, another surprising Inlands and Alan Davis would like that trophy back, but some new faces put pay to that.
Posted today at 10:08 am
B14s rock at the Final Fling
A near perfect October weekend in Plymouth for the sailors The weekend arrived and instead of a windy wet weekend that many of us have come to expect, especially when looking to travel long distances, the weather proved to be near perfect for the weekend.
Posted today at 9:50 am
Topper Southern Area Championships at Warsash
Final event of the Rooster Southern Tour er the weekend of 16th & 17th October Warsash SC hosted the 9th and last Rooster Southern Tour Traveller of the 2021 Topper season which also doubled up as the ITCA Southern Area Championships.
Posted today at 7:26 am
Australia's Olympic Flag bearer joins Zhik Board
The move comes following his win in the 470 Class at Tokyo 2020 with Will Ryan Triple Olympic medalist Mat Belcher is used to being at the top of his game and, in the wake of his Gold medal at Tokyo 2020, has just been appointed to join the Zhik Board of Directors.
Posted today at 6:31 am