Sailing: Edwards stuck in slow lane

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The chances of Tracy Edwards breaking the transatlantic record are looking increasingly slim, writes Stuart Alexander.

Shore manager Ed Danby yesterday reported that Edwards' 92ft catamaran, Royal & Sun Alliance, had slowed to seven knots in an area of high pressure 1,400 miles from the finish at the Lizard.

Edwards and her all-woman crew of nine need to average more than 20 knots if she is to beat the six days, 13 hours and three minutes record set by Serge Madecin 1990.

There was little wind and lots of rain for the 12-metre Classic Regatta in St Tropez, which saw yesterday's race won by Francois Pailloux in French Kiss. Patrizio Bertelli was second on Nyela.