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
The Eye Opener - Kevin Shoebridge reports from Tyco

Three days gone into leg seven and some fast progress made across the Atlantic. The past 24 hours have been a mixed bag for us aboard Tyco.
Yesterday and this morning saw us making good gains on the fleet and moving into second place. We are positioned to the north of most of the boats along with illbruck. ASSA ABLOY, News Corp and SEB are taking the low road.

This all changed this morning when our strong reaching conditions stopped and we flopped around for a few hours in nine knots of wind. ASSA ABLOY has taken second spot and we are still losing to News and SEB in the south. We have good breeze now and are up and away on starboard reaching towards the ice waypoint.

We have had some great sailing conditions over the past few days, fast Southern Ocean type conditions but without the cold or the ice. Quite unbelievable to be sitting here in the nav station looking at a chart that has Southampton on it, another lap nearly complete but still plenty of racing to do.

Our new crewmember for this leg, Richard Meacham has had an eye opener of a trip so far. Coming straight from the Hauraki Gulf off an America's Cup yacht used to doing 11 knots downwind onto the deck of a V.O.60 and doing a 470-mile day. He tells us his mother would not have let him come if she knew it was like this.

As I write this we have blown our Code 5 reaching spinnaker up for the second time this trip, Cuban Fibre is giving us our share of grief. This couldn't happen at a worse time, as the angle and wind speed is perfect for it at present. Better go.

Bye for now
Shoeb [Kevin Shoebridge]

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