Neck and neck
|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