illbruck away again

Weather situation is variable giving navigators a fresh call to arms in the Volvo fleet

Saturday March 23rd 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Positions at 1000
1 illbruck 20 36.04N 065 12.60W 888 0 0 11.2 311
2 Tyco 20 25.32N 064 46.44W 915 27 5 11.1 321
3 Assa Abloy 20 23.16N 064 45.60W 917 29 7 10.5 321
4 SEB 19 55.68N 063 50.08W 976 88 7 10.4 318
5 Amer One 19 01.92N 063 38.96W 1011 123 7 10.1 287
6 News Corp 18 58.52N 063 36.64W 1015 127 6 10.2 288
7 Amer Too 19 12.72N 062 29.04W 1063 175 2 11.6 324
8 djuice 18 41.24N 062 42.52W 1068 180 0 11.5 318

Wind conditions at 1200GMT today

As predicted the location of the cold front to their north west has seen conditions get lighter for the front runners, although the wind has yet to veer to the south east and may not do so as the front appears to be dissipating over the course of the day.

illbruck this morning recording 14 knots of wind instead of 20 in the Trades. While this has caused the distance between first and last to go down to 180 miles, illbruck somehow has managed to make the break and are this morning a comfortable 27 miles ahead of Tyco who have managed to crawl pass Assa in the last six hours. Is it coincidence that Kostecki's team often seem to put on a burst of speed during the early hours?

Elsewhere in the fleet the seventh place position of Lisa McDonald's Amer Sports Too is now under threat from djuice who are just five miles astern. The girls have split to the east. Will this move pay off? We should know in the next 48 hours.

Meanwile News Corp is engaging Amer Sports Onein the fight for fifth place. Both boats have headed off on a westerly direction, presumably a tactical move to make the best of the dissipating front.

On the next pages read about the Flying Fish antics on SEB and Mark Rudiger's account of Assa Abloy and a very friendly humpback whale...
PLUS... see Rick Tomlinson's images taken yesterday of the leaders passing Barbuda

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