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"TEAM PHILIPS" ABANDONED AT SEA

The maxi-catamaran TEAM PHILIPS skippered by Briton Pete Goss suffered serious damage Saturday night. She set sail a week ago to reach Monaco in time for the prologue of "The Race". The boat was faced with a storm with winds of 50 + Knots. It would appear that the catamaran has suffered serious damage to the central pod. Control of the boat had become unpredictable and Pete Goss took the decision this morning to abandon ship. All of the 7 sailors aboard were rescued early this Sunday at 0800 GMT by the German cargo ship Hoechst Express. The boat was abandoned in a position allowing a possible recovery operation to be attempted as early as possible. The crew are safe and well. They will arrive in Nova Scotia in approximately four days.


14/12/2000

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