One race, two battles

The Volvo fleet is split

Wednesday May 8th 2002, Author: PeterBentley, Location: Transoceanic
Position report at 04.00 8th May 2002
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Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C PTS
1 illbruck 47 03.20N 011 02.28W 407 99 10.8 264 0 0 49
2 Assa Abloy 47 02.04N 011 59.76W 446 93 11.5 258 39 -4 41
3 Tyco 47 16.00N 012 04.40W 450 95 11.5 255 43 -5 33
4 SEB 45 57.16N 012 41.96W 476 87 10.8 249 69 0 26
5 Amer One 47 12.64N 012 48.20W 480 96 11.2 251 73 -3 36
6 News Corp 47 19.12N 012 51.32W 482 94 11 249 75 -1 34
7 djuice 46 53.96N 014 31.04W 549 91 10.3 227 142 3 23
8 Amer Too 44 38.96N 063 34.24W 4512 0 0 152 4105 64 10

The fleet is now split into two main groups. illbruck has maintained her lead over Assa Abloy and Tyco with the real battle now looking set for second and third.

Further back News Corp, Amer Sports One and SEB are separated by just six miles and look set for a titanic strugle to the finish. Points won or lost here could very well determine who is on the podium in Kiel.

SEB is starting to pay the price for her earlier southerly track and now have to sail between five and ten degrees higher than their competitors. Unable to build speed by powering off, they must be hoping that the breeze holds out.

Most of the fleet are heading straight for the finish with reacher and staysail in good visibility, although skies are overcast with an air temperature of 14 degrees centigrade.


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