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'I thought it was all over for Spirit'.

Byline: Steve Tucker

THE crew of the Spirit of Cardiff powerboat have been enjoying being on dry land and taking in the sights, smells and sounds of India as they continue their world record attempt.

They received a rapturous welcome in the Indian port of Mangalore after arriving there yesterday morning, and are now preparing for the next stage of their bid to circumnavigate the globe in a faster time than any other powerboat.

But even when docked, there was still some drama to endure, as crew member Clive Tully explains.

"An ancient crane attempted to lift the boat out of the water for her all-important 5,000-mile gearbox oil change, and one of the four rather insubstantial nylon ropes attached to her snapped, " he said.

"For a split second, I thought it was all over.

"Fortunately, the boat was only a couple of feet above the water when it happened, but the splash when it hit it once more is considerable. Words aren't even necessary. Had it happened above the quay, it really would have been all over."

Next stop for the Spirit of Cardiff is the Sri Lankan port of Galle, where they are expected to arrive on Sunday.

"The greeting in Mangalore was heartwarming - each crew member received a garland of flowers, a welcoming dab of vermilion on the forehead and the wafted fumes of a burning lamp to ward off evil spirits, " said Clive.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 27, 2002
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