Assa jockeys for lead
|1||Illbruck||25 49.29N||077 31.08W||142||0||0||9.9||296|
|2||Assa Abloy||25 49.80N||077 30.36W||142||0||-1||10.0||294|
|3||Tyco||25 40.56N||077 20.96W||152||10||-2||11.1||255|
|4||SEB||25 42.72N||076 31.72W||196||54||-2||11.0||302|
|5||News Corp||25 29.24N||076 22.80W||206||64||-7||11.9||300|
|6||Amer One||25 19.84N||076 02.40W||226||84||-6||11.4||304|
|7||djuice||24 22.80N||073 51.16W||358||216||-2||10.2||302|
|8||Amer Too||24 17.28N||073 52.76W||369||218||-3||10.6||303|
The situation is looking very good for Neal McDonald's Assa Abloy who at the 1000 position report had caught up with illbruckwith the two boats neck and neck, with Assa slightly to the north.
The reason for this state of affairs is due to the boats are now sailing in 20 knot easterly winds and illbruck have lost the use of the large genniker the very sail need for sailing the deep angles necessary to make the finish line. Finally it appears that illbruck might be getting a dose of their own medicine? The next few hours will tell.
Astern Tyco seems to be making better speed, but they were held up due to a torn spinnaker, which, like illbruck, was the very one they needed for the conditions and the sailmakers were scrabbling to get the sail fixed as quickly as possible (see Steve Hayles report on page two).
Conditions off Miami are balmy with some giant cumulo-nimbus clouds making a spectacular backdrop. For the competitors one of these clouds could be life or death on the way towards Miami, as if they play one wrong they may find themselves stuck in less wind. Fortunately such clouds have been prevalent since the boats left the southern hemisphere and the navigators are now well versed in dealing with them.
To add to the drama the boats also have to cross the Gulf Stream before they make Miami. This will push them north on their westerly passage towards the Florida coast, giving navigators some more tactical options to play with.
See page two for Steve Hayles report from Tyco...