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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 February, 2004, 08:25 GMT
Record bid stays afloat
Steve Fossett
Fossett paid tribute to his team
American tycoon Steve Fossett is pressing on with his round-the-world record attempt despite almost losing a mast on his maxi-catamaran Cheyenne.

His crew worked for 16 hours to repair the damage and keep the bid on course.

"The forestay cable, which supports the mast, pulled out of its fitting. None of us on board has ever seen this fail before," said Fossett.

The 59-year-old is trying to break the Jules Verne record of 64 days and eight hours set by Bruno Peyron in 2002.

Fossett set a new transatlantic sailing record in 2001 in the same catamaran.

Peyron's own record attempt ended on Sunday when he returned to port in Lorient after losing his starboard crash box on Orange II after just one day at sea.

He hoped to set out again on Thursday.

And fellow Frenchman Olivier de Kersauson was also waiting for a favourable weather window after turning back to Brest in Geronimo four days ago for repairs.

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