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Gitana 13 claims new Tea Route record time By Kate Jennings - Expression, 8:09 AM Fri 26 Sep 2008
Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew on Gitana 13, have thus erased the reference time held by Philippe Monnet since 1990, to become the new holders of the Tea Route record with a time of 41 days 21 hours 26 minutes 34 seconds. ...
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Gitana 13 nears end of Tea Route voyage By Gitana 13 media, 7:32 AM Thu 25 Sep 2008
After 41 days at sea, Gitana 13 is tackling the very last section of its epic Tea Route voyage. The last day at sea, especially when it’s been a long voyage such as the Tea Route, always has a very special taste… Still in record mode the ten men of Gitana Team are maintaining their watch rhythm and still making headway in rather unfavourable conditions for their race against the clock. ...
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Gitana 13 nearing end of Tea Route attempt By Gitana 13 media, 6:46 AM Tue 23 Sep 2008
Gitana 13, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group made its entrance into the Bay of Biscay on Sunday afternoon and is this Monday sailing at the latitude of Bordeaux. At 1315 UT they were 550 miles from their goal. ...
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Gitana 13 reads low and heads for Cape Finisterre By Gitana 13 media, 2:36 PM Sat 20 Sep 2008
Aboard the maxi-catamaran Gitana 13, equipped by Baron Benjamin de Rothschild, there’s more of a festive spirit than yesterday. By dint of patience and perseverance, Lionel Lemonchois and his nine crew have managed to switch across to the correct side of the stormy low, which is currently reigning supreme off Madeira. ...
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Brain-teaser for Gitana 13 crew By Gitana 13 media, 7:11 AM Fri 19 Sep 2008
Gitana 13 was slowed considerably by a long passage across the Doldrums late last week. Lionel Lemonchois and his men are now faced with a meteorological brain-teaser off the Canaries. This will be a tricky section, as will the Bay of Biscay and the last few miles along the English Channel ...
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Gitana 13 sailing abeam of Sierra Leone By Gitana Team media, 9:31 AM Mon 15 Sep 2008
This Saturday morning Gitana 13 is sailing abeam of Sierra Leone, in their record attempt between Hong Kong and London. Progress is unsteady due to the effects of the Doldrums which don’t yet seem to have decided to let go of the maxi-catamaran. Patience is more crucial than ever aboard Gitana 13. ...
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Gitana 13 racking up the miles By Gitana 13 media, 3:24 PM Thu 11 Sep 2008
Gitana 13, the maxi-catamaran in the colours of the LCF Rothschild Group is fully benefiting from the last traces of the SE’ly tradewind to rack up the miles. ...
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Gitana 13 - Gybe towards the equator imminent By Gitana 13 media, 6:27 PM Wed 10 Sep 2008
Gitana 13 has covered over 8,700 miles and still has 4,200 miles to cover this Tuesday morning to reach the Elizabeth II Bridge at the entrance to the River Thames and the end of its Tea Route voyage ...
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South Easterly tradewind assisting Gitana 13 By Gitana 13 media, 9:39 AM Sun 7 Sep 2008
Gitana 13 is now benefiting from some fine conditions, slipping along in a SE’ly air flow characteristic of the southern hemisphere. Lionel Lemonchois and his men are continuing their climb towards the equator and are already considering how they’re going to negotiate the famous doldrums. ...
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Gitana 13 round the Cape of Good Hope By Gitana 13 media, 2:24 PM Fri 5 Sep 2008
Gitana 13 rounded the Cape of Good Hope this Thursday morning, shortly before 0600 hours UT. ...
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Gitana 13 midway through Tea Route record attempt By Gitana 13 media, 9:15 PM Tue 2 Sep 2008
Gitana 13, in headed back out onto the racetrack yesterday in its bid to secure the Tea Route record. They are bound for the Agulhas Cape and the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa. Forecasts suggest they are likely to experience some harsh passages. ...
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Cape of Good Hope bars the way for Gitana 13 By Gitana 13 - Kate Jennings, 7:37 AM Sat 30 Aug 2008
On board Gitana 13, on the approach to the Cape of Good Hope, all minds are trained towards the famous promontory. However, to date, the latter doesn’t seem to want to open its doors. Gitana 13 set out from Hong Kong on 14th August 2008 in a bid to set a new reference time along the highly select Tea Route (Hong Kong / London, via the Cape of Good Hope. ...
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