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Dalton arrives in Bilbao

18 June 2007

Determined Kiwi sailor Graham Dalton, a competitor in the Velux 5 Oceans single-handed round the world race, which finished in early May, finally made it back to Bilbao this morning.

Under the race rules, Dalton had been disqualified from competing in the final leg of the race, because he did not complete leg two of the race until after the expiry of a time limit.

Dalton, who had dedicated his race to the memory of his son Tony, who died of cancer in December 2005, decided to complete the course anyway.

Dalton suffered appalling luck in the course of leg two of the race: he lost almost three weeks sailing time when he was forced to head to the Brazilian port of Fortaleza to fix his rudder, and was then hit with sickness, robbery and the loss of his yacht’s keel bulb, which had fallen off.

Even so, Dalton was expected to reach Norfolk in sufficient time to continue racing, until autopilot and genoa were damaged in a storm only 600 miles from the finish. He was then forced to make repairs in Bermuda, incurring a time penalty that made it impossible for him to reach the finish line in time to be allowed to continue racing.

See the Velux 5 Oceans website for more details.

Posted by: Helen ---

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