BT GLOBAL CHALLENGE - end leg three
Thousands of New Zealanders lined Wellington dock sides to welcome the Global Challenge fleet after their crossing from Buenos Aires via Cape Horn to New Zealand.
6.000 miles of race, 38 days at sea and only a few miles separated between the leading competitors. A tough race in the Cook Straits in winds up to 70 knots and huge steep waves saw them battle it out for the leading position.
After a "nail biting" fight to the finish LG FLATRON has pipped "OLYMPIC GROUP"
at the post to take the first place and crossed the finish line on 16 January at 04:53 Hrs.
Next leg is relatively short 1.230 miles, starting on 18 February to Sydney.
From there 6.200 miles to Cape Town and the finally to La Rochelle and Southampton another 6.2000 miles, expecting to arrive 20 June 2001.
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