Telstra Sydney to Hobart - 1130 - 27/12/00

Volvo Ocean 60s toughing it out upwind

Wednesday December 27th 2000, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
The Volvo Ocean 60 fleet are running their race within a race in this year's Hobart, and are struggling upwind with the rest of the leaders. Leading the V.O. 60 pack at the last position report (14.05 local time, 05.05 GMT, 27th December) was John Kostecki's illbruck crew, in third overall on the water and with British navigator Ian Moore aboard.
In a tight group behind them were News Corp in fifth overall on the water and four miles further from Hobart, then just a mile behind them TYCO in sixth overall, and a further mile back and in seventh overall was ASSA ABLOY. Race record holder Nokia was another five miles back and in eleventh on the water.

A couple of hours after that sked, Jez Fanstone reported from aboard News Corp, "Just entered Bass Strait in 35 knots with large uncomfortable seas. The boat is crashing off the waves, everything is soaking and we are all weary of being thrown around. It's a big difference from 24 hours ago when we led the V.O. 60s out of the Heads and down the coast in sunny spinnaker running conditions.

"It was great to be racing again but it does not seem so good now. We lost a bit to Tyco last night but they are back in sight - abeam of us. We're hoping for moderating southerlies to get the time back. Right now Hobart is
dead upwind."

Meanwhile there was another storm brewing ashore, as ASSA ABLOY was reported to be sailing with an old Silk Cut spinnaker and thus in contravention of the Australian tobacco advertising laws, despite reported attempts to cover the logo.

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