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Drake Passage Expedition

20 January 2003

The expedition to cross the Drake Passage, a 600 miles crossing between Cape Horn and Antarctica peninsula, will sail on Jan 24.

The boat was built by Barracuda Technologies during a infusion demo at Sao Paulo Boat Show in November 2003 using advanced composites. According the sailors Robert Pandiani and Duncan Ross the boat is faster than a Tornado class boat and respond quick on accelerations. The weight is 30% lower of an equivalent boat. The need to use advanced composite boat and extremely light structure, with intensive use of sandwich construction, aramid and carbon fibers, is to make the cross as fast as possible. Average wind speed in the area is now by 40 knots and seas with 60 ft wave height. Air temperature is below freezing.

The boat has no shelter and a carbon fiber structure along the boat side will be the place for the sailors to rest during the planned 72 hours full speed cross.





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