Looking good for Sill

As Ellen pulls into second

Wednesday May 15th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Transoceanic
Positions at 1500 GMT
Pos Boat Lat Long Speed Course DTF DTL
1 Sill Plein Fruit 36 56.64' N 9 52.52' W 4.9 166 531.9 0
2 Kingfisher 38 02.48' N 11 29.28' W 5.9 169 562.8 30.9
3 Tiscali Global Challenge 37 41.08' N 10 10.80' W 5.8 221 568.7 36.8
4 Temenos 38 23.04' N 10 38.84' W 7 167 602.6 70.7
5 L'Heautontimoroumenos 38 35.80' N 10 05.56' W 6.1 185 619.1 87.2
6 Virbac 39 10.88' N 13 18.08' W 7.5 234 633.6 101.6
7 Bobst Group Armor Lux 38 55.84' N 16 17.16' W 9.1 229 634.9 103

Last night while tackling the high pressure ridge Roland Jourdain's Sill Plein Fruit was able to make the break on the chasing duo of Simone Bianchetti's Tiscale Global Challenge and Ellen and her team on board Kingfisher. At this afternoon's position update, Jourdain's red hulled Open 60 had pulled out a lead of 31 miles on Kingfisher who have moved up to second place.

All the front runners have taken a course closer to the Portugese coast, although Kingfisher split to the west yesterday and has now tacked back south.

On board Kingfisher they have been experiencing water in their fuel.

The front runners are currently making slow progress in the light winds, while way out west Bernard Stamm is beginning to see the first of the new breeze. His boat has the best speed at present it is likely we will see Bobst Group-Armor Lux making a come back overnight even though she has dropped back astern of Virbac.

Ellen meanwhile must be getting worried about getting back to France in time for the start of the Courses des Phares on Sunday.

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