Neck and neck

Atlantic three-way match race taking place at front of Volvo fleet

Wednesday March 13th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Positions at 1000


Yacht Lat Lon DTF DTL DTL-C SMG PO
1 Tyco 12 33.96S 035 43.60W 3697 0 0 10.4 26
2 Assa Abloy 12 34.76S 035 42.56W 3697 0 0 10.3 27
3 illbruck 12 35.28S 035 42.84W 3698 1 1 10.3 35
4 Amer One 12 51.24S 035 43.60W 3714 17 9 9 27
5 Amer Too 12 51.88S 035 41.80W 3714 17 7 9.3 11
6 djuice 12 57.36S 035 44.92W 3720 23 2 10.2 20
7 News Corp 12 51.68S 036 18.20W 3723 26 6 9.6 21
8 SEB 13 09.12S 035 39.24W 3730 33 1 10.2 13

Yesterday and overnight a three way match race has been taking place at the front of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet between Assa Abloy, Tyco and illbruckas the boats race north, straight lining it in 10-15 knot easterly winds en route to Recife. Only in the last few hours has illbruck broken away and is heading slightly east.

It is perhaps this intense tussle which has caused the three boats to put distance slowly on both the Amer Sports boats over the last few hours.

Did we says Amer Sports boats? For it is true - now they are out of the horrors of the Southern Ocean Lisa McDonald's team seem to be coming good and are hanging in there in fifth place, just two miles behind Grant Dalton and his team and, significantly, more than 10 miles ahead of djuice and SEB who have dropped astern. News Corp remains in the west doing her own thing.

At present navigators are working hard to establish the best lane round Recife - the toss up is between the shortest route going right into the beach or staying offshore where there should be more breeze but sailing more miles.

See reports from the boats on the next pages...

Below - flat water, brilliant sunshine, enough breeze and boats either side of you to race against... what could be better? The illbruck team race up to the Equator

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