BT Global Challenge - cont.
The winner of the first leg Southamton - Boston is the Yacht Quadston, skippered by Miss Alex Philips 34 year old. She crossed the line at Boston Harbor on 28 September, ahead of Mark Denton on the BP Explorer, third place LG Flatron skippered by Conard Humpries.
During the first leg a dispute aroused between The skipper of "Team Spirit" (just the right name...) and his crew. This was resolved by change of skipper.
Leg two started on 15 October, Boston - Buenos Aires, distance of 5.840 miles.
The first days of the race started with light and fickle winds, by the fourth day a low pressure system brought bad weather. The fleet was heading towards tropical storm -- which shortly thereafter upgraded to hurricane status, with forecasted winds up to 80 knots. The yachts split into two sections, one group headed east and the other west, each trying to avoid the worst of the storm. The hurricane passed between the BT Challenge Yachts, tracking North East. At this stage the yachts are racing and freer winds allowed them to resume a south-easterly course. Some of the yachts encountered electric storms. New skipper of the Team Spirit, reported that the yacht has been struck by lightning, which blew the anemometer of the top of the mast and effected the gyro compass. Otherwise he reported all well on board.
Other yachts reported damaged sails and damage in communication systems. Otherwise the hurricane did not caused serious damages and the fleet is heading generally south-east direction towards South America continent.
On day 10 the top 3 leaders are: 1. LG Flatron 2. Quadstone 3. Compaq
Further reports will continue next days ...
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