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Richard Branson and Ben Ainslie try to outsail storm in Cross-Atlantic Challenge


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Olympian Ben Ainslie and Richard Branson, his children Holly (26) and Sam (23) and the crew of the monohull maxi-yacht Virgin Money, which includes a number of TEAMORIGIN sailors, aim to break the record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean. The record is 6 days 17 hours, 39 minutes and 52 seconds.

They set sail from New York four hours early today to jump ahead of a huge storm. They passed the official start line at Ambrose Lighthouse at 04:00 EST. The yacht will have to make the target of Lizard Point, the most southwesterly point of the United Kingdom, no later than 21:39.52 EST on Tuesday 28 October to break the record.

Finding a suitable weather window has proved difficult. Sir Richard Branson said - “The first 24 hours we'll endeavour to out-run a storm and navigate another that could cause major damage to the boat and destroy our chances of breaking the record. . .It’s going to be a very challenging six days."

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