Break neck battle for first

As Open 60 fleet experience strong, bumpy conditions in Regata du Rubicon

Monday May 13th 2002, Author: James Boyd, Location: Mediterranean
Positions at 1100GMT
Pos Boat Latitude Longitude Speed Course DTF DTL
1 Tiscali Global Challenge 42 46.12' N 9 34.48' W 13.2 190 862.8 0
2 Sill Plein Fruit 42 46.52' N 9 30.76' W 12.7 189 863.9 1.1
3 Bobst Group Armor Lux 42 55.44' N 9 21.44' W 10.8 196 874.3 11.6
4 KingFisher 43 43.00' N 8 54.28' W 9.7 263 897.6 34.9
5 Temenos 43 16.40' N 9 13.40' W 6.6 276 902.9 40.1
6 L'Heautontimoroumenos 43 41.00' N 8 37.84' W 7.9 194 923.3 60.5
7 Virbac 43 31.16' N 8 29.96' W 9.3 197 935.1 72.3
8 Adecco - Etoile Horizon 47 41.56' N 4 25.04' W 8.7 328 1235.8 373

A close contest between race favourite Sill Plein Fruit and her Italian sistership Tiscali Global Challenge is taking place in the Regata de Rubicon. Earlier this morning Sill had taken the lead, but at the 1100GMT report this morning Simone Bianchetti's Tiscali had established herself slightly further to the west.

The boats are currently rounding Cape Finistere in conditions that are brisk, but not gale force as one weather model suggested. Since the positions above it is believed Kingfisher has moved up to third.

"We've had a pretty rough night with up to 35-37 knots of breeze, but I think we got off lightly considering the conditions that were forecast," commented Ellen MacArthur from on board Kingfisher. "We passed through the front several hours ago earlier this morning and the wind quickly shifted through 90 degrees at which point we tacked. It's been a bit cold, a bit wet and a bit miserable, but spirits are high and above all we've been gain miles on the others".

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