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Club Med Returns to France by Cargo Ship

by Mer & Media Newport on 5 Aug 2000
Having arrived on Thursday
morning in the American port,
Club Med and her crew
immediately started to step the
mast. Although she could have
been repaired on the spot, Grant
Dalton preferred to repatriate the
catamaran by cargo ship to the
Multiplast Yard at Vannes where
it had already been planned to
undertake a complete check of the boat at the start of September. Instead
this will be done at the same time, to limit the impact of the damage on the
programme.

The team of architects present in Newport carried out a preliminary
investigation of the damage. This revealed that the crash box ripped the piece
of carbon where it was attached. Understanding now why this incident took
place is a question to which the architects are going to attempt to answer by
outlining different hypotheses. But for the moment, the question remains.

The maxi catamaran will be put back into the water in mid-September. During
the period of immobilisisation, the crew will take a holiday, in rotation, leaving
a team of seven men permanently at the yard.

The training programme will start again at the end of September.

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