Back to the North
|1||Illbruck||01 16.92N||040 31.40W||2750||0||11.7||321|
|2||Assa Abloy||01 13.04N||040 24.68W||2758||8||11.4||324|
|3||Tyco||01 14.36N||040 22.72W||2759||9||11||324|
|4||SEB||00 12.36S||040 48.44W||2796||46||10.9||316|
|5||Amer Too||00 26.64S||040 12.88W||2832||82||10.7||298|
|6||News Corp||00 29.52N||039 20.48W||2835||85||9.7||320|
|7||Amer One||00 07.92N||039 37.84W||2836||86||8.1||323|
|8||Djuice||00 22.80S||039 23.20W||2867||117||5.4||323|
Once again and despite the problem that beset her at the start on this leg, it is illbruck in the lead, as she was southbound at this point on leg one. Crewman Richard Clarke can't believe how slowly the miles are ticking by. "Guess I've been used to the torrid pace of the Southern Ocean where 400-mile days were
commonplace and 1000 miles was a quick three days work. Almost a week into this leg and we've not even reached 1,500 miles. The pace better
start to quicken or we'll be wrinkled prunes when we arrive in Miami!"
Tyco and Assa Abloy are three and four miles behind, but as we have seen in this race so many times, illbruck takes the lead and then in the words of Paul Cayard "extends" little by little. Those who were hoping that illbruck might develop some chink in their armour now the boats are out of the hard running conditions of the Southern Ocean, it seems will have to think again.
The positioning of the five boats chasing is getting interesting. SEB peeled off to the west, a move that has now moved them up into fourth, overtaking Amer Sports One, which seems to not be enjoying the lighter conditions on this leg. Saying this at 0400 Dalts' supreme team recordrf the highest speed of the chasing boats and have managed to take 10 miles out of News Corp who are the most easterly boat. In the last few hours Lisa McDonald's Amer Sports Too has also made a move westward and have overhauled djuice who are now bringing up the rear.
Today we will be seeing more of King Neptune's nastiness as the remaining boats cross the Equator, although in the scorching conditions at the Equator this will only be one of many torments to afflict the crew. "The spot check has started," reports illbruck's Richard Clarke. "Meaning that any suspicious spots on a crewmember's body are thoroughly checked out to make sure they are not the type that might fester into a nasty boil. If there is one then copious quantities
of nappy cream and baby powder is applied to try and curb the sore. The bonus here is that down below deck is starting to smell more like a nursery than a locker room.
Fixing the ripped genniker, the hard way on illbruck