Close run thing

Fleet concertinas causing chasing pack to eat into illbruck's lead

Saturday February 16th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Positions at 1000
1 illbruck 32 41.88S 046 43.96W 617 037 10.6 - -
2 Tyco 33 00.80S 047 42.36W 652 030 10.9 35 -5
3 Amer One 33 30.64S 046 16.88W 657 038 12.4 40 -9
4 Assa Abloy 33 13.44S 047 44.04W 665 035 11.9 48 -9
5 Djuice 33 21.68S 047 29.36W 668 033 11.4 51 -7
6 News Corps 36 02.36S 049 01.88W 845 038 8.5 228 +10
7 Amer Too 39 20.72S 054 40.44W 1148 009 10.2 531 +5
8 SEB 53 10.16S 070 54.40W - - - - -
    The last 24 hours has seen illbruck's lead more than halved from 78 to 35 miles. Odd fluctuations in the breeze have caused yet another turn around in the positions of the chasing pack. djuice for example has dropped to fifth as she has crossed from the right hand side of the course to the left. Only Amer Sports One continues to hold the right.

    "Very tricky racecourse with very uneven pressure across it. We are all starting to gybe and pick our position for the long starboard [tack] towards Rio," commented Tyco's Kevin Shoebridge this morning.

    In a remarkable effort News Corp intends to proceed to Rio under their emergency rudder. This is really only designed as a 'get-me-home' piece of equipment, but Fanstone and Field believe that as conditions are relatively light for the run up to Rio, they can risk it.

    Meanwhile SEB has now formally retired from leg four. Yesterday Gunnar Krantz and his downhearted crew arrived in Punta Arenas, Chile, where SEB is today being loaded onto a cargo ship bound for Rio where it is due to arrive on 24 February. The crew are due to fly to Rio tomorrow. Meanwhile arrangements are still being made for the spare mast, to be air freighted from Gothenburg, Sweden to Rio

    "The important things right now is stepping the new rig, repairing the damages on the boat, and most of all; looking after the crew and mentally recharging ourselves for the remaining five legs of the race" skipper Gurra Krantz reported on his arrival.

    See the following page for reports from Mark Rudiger and Knut Frostad

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