New 24 hour record possible

As Volvo fleet experience more gale force winds

Saturday May 4th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: United Kingdom
Positions at 1000GMT
PS  Yacht  Latitude  Longitude  DTF  DTL  SMG  CMG  ETA
1 illbruck  44 59.28N  037 47.84W 1523 0 20.5 53  09/05/02 16:51
2 Tyco  44 27.84N  038 20.92W 1555 32 19.9 58  09/05/02 19:31
3 Assa Abloy  44 43.08N  038 27.40W 1555 32 19.6 54  09/05/02 19:30
4 SEB  43 37.36N  038 32.80W 1578 55 19.1 53  09/05/02 21:27
5 News Corp  43 44.56N  039 00.92W 1595 72 19.5 49  09/05/02 22:52
6 Amer One  43 44.16N  039 13.56W 1604 81 19.4 52  09/05/02 23:36
7 djuice  43 20.84N  039 09.80W 1609 86 18.3 50  10/05/02 00:01
8 Amer Too  44 38.96N  063 34.24W 4512 0 0 Retired

At present the seven remaining yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race are sailing on a straight northeasterly course, spread across a 50-mile wide track in strong south-southwesterly winds gusting to 35 knots.

John Kostecki's illbruck seem to be relishing the conditions and have further extended their lead over Tyco and ASSA ABLOY who are locked in battle for second place. The disappointment of the boats still racing is Amer Sports One, who at present is in sixth. At present it is unclear whether they are having problems, have been unlucky with the weather or if it is 'the boat'.

In the strong conditions it would seem possible that one of the boats may again better illbruck's 24 hour record as all the lead boats are rocketing along averaging speeds in excess of 20 knots.

Amer Sports Too arrived in Halifax at 0826 GMT this morning. They had received a tow for the last 200 miles from a vessel which had been despatched by the local coastguard. The boat is due to be loaded on to a ship bound for Antwerp on Monday.

See the latest missive from a philosophical Mark Rudiger on page 2...

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