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Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race 20 August 2006 - Afternoon Web Update

20 August, 2006 6:41:00 PM BST | Racetime 13:00:41:00

Andrew Pearce's IMX40, Magnum II, completed the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race just before midday on Sunday to become the tenth finisher on the water, seventh overall on corrected time and the current leader of the competitive IRC Divison C. It has been tough going for the Magnum II crew over the last few days as they struggled down the east coast of Britain with the wind filling and dying beneath thunderstorms and rain showers but the crew kept their morale by dreaming of the beer in Cowes (!) as an email from Andrew Pearce explained: "All through the night we have battled against 20 knot winds from the West/SW and seem to have been bucking the tide most of the way from Dover! We stayed in close to the shore all along the coast past Eastbourne, Brighton, Littlehampton, etc to avoid the worst of the east going tide and kept in until Rustington when we left the shore to go round Owers a mark of the course (off Selsey Bill). We are now on our way into The Solent. We are all looking forward to that first beer in Cowes and then showers and a shave! The boat will need a week of tidying, cleaning and TLC. She, like the crew, have taken a pounding over the last 12 days!"

Behind Magnum II there's a terrific tussle developing in the closing stages along the South Coast of Britain with three boats (Puma Logic, needasponsor.co.uk and Mostly Harmless) all vying to get home in 11th place on the water and just 15 miles separating them with only 60-odd miles left to run. Currently the boats are hard beating into the eastern approaches of the Solent with predicted finishing times looking like being very early on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, Penny Pariso's Murray 41, Predator of Wight, had an agonising brush with the rule book after putting in to Hartlepool to try and effect repairs to their damaged D2 rigging. After talking with race control and realising that if they accepted outside help then they would be forced to retire from the race and have decided to continue as a text message from the boat explained this afternoon: "Well after limping into Hartlepool we were informed that any outside assistance including purchasing a new D2 or even milk and sugar would cost us the race. So in the spirit of finishing we tightened all the rigging and re-bodged the jerry-rigged D2 and are currently back on route. Moral is not at its highest as this has cost us 7 hours! Hey-Ho that's racing and most of the crew are more upset that they couldnt have a cheeky pint. Ho-Hum!"

As the race comes to its conclusion the RORC will continue to bring daily updates and position reports from the boats highlighting the highs and lows of this premier coastal yacht race. All yachts competing in the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race have been fitted with a tracking device developed by the RORC in conjunction with OC Technology. Yacht positions will be updated hourly and can be followed on the Royal Ocean Racing Club's dedicated micro site accessed via www.rorc.org

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