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Team Stelmar breaks 1000-mile mark to Wellington

Team Stelmar breaks 1000-mile mark to Wellington

Global Challenge yacht Team Stelmar has passed a huge psychological milestone on its way to Wellington, breaking the 1000-mile (1850km) barrier overnight.

In the last 24-hours Team Stelmar sailed 190 nautical miles (351km) at an average speed of nearly eight knots (14.6kmh), and when its position was last polled at about 6am this morning New Zealand time, the yacht was 927 miles from its next race waypoint, Barrett Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour.

Team Stelmar was proving to be a competitive entrant in the race, but since leaving Buenos Aires on 28 November, it has been forced to divert from the race twice to seek medical attention for crew, in one case returning to South America from the mid-Southern Ocean. By then it was lacking the safety buffer provided by the presence of the rest of the fleet, and was forced to take a safer but slower northerly route to Wellington, which has added even more to its time at sea.

It all means Team Stelmar can claim a dubious record – the longest time at sea during any Global Challenge, having been at sea for 46 days – already 10 days longer than the leg two podium finishers.

At this stage Team Stelmar is predicted to arrive in Wellington on Thursday 20 January – by which time it will have completed 51 days at sea. The yacht will still claim five points for the leg if it races to the line.

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