Amer Too choose Halifax

As the girl's team limps towards port, there has been a concertinaing of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet

Thursday May 2nd 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Positions at 1000GMT this morning
PS  Yacht  Latitude  Longitude  DTF  DTL  SMG  CMG  ETA
1 illbruck  39 51.56N  050 10.40W 2145 0 15.4 89  10/05/02 04:37
2 Assa Abloy  39 57.00N  050 30.48W 2156 11 15.2 83  10/05/02 05:36
3 Tyco  39 51.88N  050 33.84W 2161 16 15.9 89  10/05/02 06:02
4 SEB  39 47.48N  050 41.08W 2168 23 15 81  10/05/02 06:36
5 News Corp  39 47.00N  050 48.68W 2173 28 15.5 85  10/05/02 07:04
6 Amer One  39 44.76N  051 02.04W 2183 38 16.2 84  10/05/02 07:58
7 djuice  39 38.44N  051 18.16W 2197 52 16.8 91  10/05/02 09:10
8 Amer Too  41 10.60N  058 43.24W 2458 313 6.8 344 RETIRED
    Following their dismasting yesterday afternoon, Nautor Challenges and skipper Lisa McDonald have opted to make for Halifax, Nova Scotia. The latest position reports show them to be 290 miles from the Canadian port and making 6.8 knots. If they can maintain this speed then their ETA will be 0400GMT Saturday morning, however this seems likely to be delayed due to the strong conditions forecast for Friday night.

    Meanwhile the Nautor Challenge shore crew are looking to arrange to have Amer Sports Too shipped to France as soon after her arrival as possible.

    The positions show a slight concertinaing of the fleet since the same time yesterday when Assa Abloy were 14 miles astern of race leaders illbruck and djuice 64 miles behind.

    As usual illbruck is in their normal position - at the front of the fleet in the middle of the race course. Assa Abloy and Tyco are slightly to the north while the remaining boats are to the south.

    Between systems, the wind is expected to veer from the south west to the north west and drop off to variable force 2-3. However at present there is a shallow low south south of Newfoundland and another major low is expected over Nova Scotia on Friday night, unfortunately coinciding with Amer Sports Too approaching the Canadian coast.

    See the latest email from the boats on pages two and three...

    Tom Braidwood at the grinder on board SEB

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