The nightmare is over
|1||illbruck||58 28.76S||99 59.80W||3315||070||12.6||-||-|
|2||Amer One||58 41.72S||101 42.60W||3367||081||13.9||52||-10|
|3||Tyco||58 14.68S||102 05.36W||3382||066||11.5||67||+11|
|4||Assa Abloy||58 39.08S||104 17.40W||3447||074||15.0||132||-11|
|5||djuice||58 40.12S||104 47.96W||3463||087||15.0||148||-17|
|6||News Corp||56 56.36S||104 45.12W||3481||094||18.0||166||-38|
|7||SEB||58 10.84S||108 16.12W||3575||064||16.4||260||-8|
|8||Amer Too||58 08.12S||115 02.16W||3784||091||14.2||469||-13|
It has been an exciting few days for the Volvo Ocean Race boats as they continue to wrestle with the hostile Southern Ocean elements, but all the crews know this will be the leg they dine out on for years to come - tales of icebergs and hanging on to the kite in 40 knots of breeze.
The two on board accounts today, from Knut Frostad and Mark Rudiger, sum up just what the crews have been experiencing. As a number of competitors said before the start those who do well in the south will be the best prepared, and who suffer least gear failure. But partly it is down to luck and although the first to Cape Horn will hold a psychological advantage, during the second half of this leg up to Rio there are all manner of tactical options available to turn the leaderboard on its head.
At present the hard conditions continue and the crews desperately struggle to keep their boats from breaking. One wipe could mean costly hours of downtime, making repairs. But this effort it taking its toll on the crew, many of whom are desparately in need of sleep. "The people probably get hit harder by these conditions than any fitting or item of equipment especially as we have had several 'time critical' manoeuvres in the last few days, which require everyone so our sleeping patterns have been bad to say the least. We are still managing to sail the boat flat out but we will work hard in the next 24 hours on getting everyone rested," reported Tyco navigator Steve Hayles yesterday.
After their harrowing experience yesterday when they wiped out between two icebergs, Grant Dalton has been reclaiming some miles on race leader John Kostecki and the unerring illbruck and there has been a general compression in the fleet with those mid-fleet riding the greater pressure before the wind veers back to the north west.
The boats are due to round Cape Horn on Sunday and initial forecasts show that depending upon the time the leaders should get round in reason conditions, while conditions will be not so enjoyable for those astern.
Wet ride on Assa Abloy