Assa into the lead

Breathtaking last few hours of Volvo Ocean Race reports James Boyd from Miami

Tuesday March 26th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Positions at 1600 GMT
PS  Yacht  Latitude  Longitude  DTF  DTL  DTL-C  SMG  CMG
1 Assa Abloy  25 47.16N  078 32.44W 89 0 0 9.2 264
2 Illbruck  25 46.56N  078 32.24W 89 0 -1 9.4 263
3 Tyco  25 45.08N  078 19.92W 100 11 0 8.9 262
4 SEB  25 46.56N  077 35.88W 138 49 -3 9.6 282
5 News Corp  25 40.36N  077 27.68W 146 57 -4 9.6 285
6 Amer One  25 36.92N  077 07.32W 165 76 -4 9.7 270
7 djuice  24 57.12N  074 59.44W 288 199 -10 12 302
8 Amer Too  24 51.24N  075 01.36W 289 200 -12 12 301

Despite the above position report word on the street here in Miami is that Assa Abloy have now overhauled illbruck on the final run into Miami. The latest ETA shows that the boats are due to finish within minutes of each other at 1900 local time (midnight GMT).

Those trailing have been slowly catching up the leaders. Another fight is going on for seventh place between two boats still to pass through the North East Providence Channel. The girls on Amer Sports Too are keen to regain the seventh place they lost over the weekend and the boys on djuice who must finish seventh to minimise the ridicule they will otherwise receive if they finish last.

See page two for Lisa McDonald's latest report from Amer Sport Too ...

Chris Larson and Mark Rudiger take stock on board Assa Abloy

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