Women's Challenge races without Frank

November 13, 1993|By Peter Baker

Nance Frank, skipper for the U.S. Women's Challenge, acknowledged yesterday from Key West, Fla., that her group's boat and gear almost certainly will start the second leg of the Whitbread Round the World Race today as The Women's Challenge and with Dawn Riley as the new skipper.

Earlier this week, the builders of the boat, Ocean Ventures Management LTD of New Zealand, took control of the 60-foot racing yacht the U.S. Women's Challenge had contracted to buy, renamed the entry and signed on Riley.

"At this point, it looks like they will leave Punta del Este [Uruguay] with our boat," Frank said. "Isn't that amazing? The U.S. Women's Challenge Inc. paid the entry fee, did the mandatory preliminary race and the first leg, and now they are going to sail off with our boat and all our gear on board.

Frank said her group's lawyers are working toward getting the boat back by the end of the race's second leg in Fremantle, Australia, in January.

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