Plenty to play for
|1||illbruck||47 36.32N||017 26.28W||669||7.9||204||0||0||49|
|2||Assa Abloy||47 23.28N||018 15.48W||702||8.7||205||33||-1||41|
|3||Tyco||47 40.68N||018 17.96W||704||7.9||197||35||0||33|
|4||SEB||45 43.84N||018 37.60W||724||8.5||220||55||-3||26|
|5||News Corp||47 39.04N||018 56.08W||729||9.6||197||60||-10||35|
|6||Amer One||47 32.08N||018 56.72W||730||9.3||207||61||-9||35|
|7||djuice||47 11.60N||019 59.84W||773||11.3||174||104||-23||23|
|8||Amer Too||44 38.96N||063 34.24W||Rtd||10|
After passing through the ridge of high pressure and picking up speed again, the leaders have hit another light patch. The biggest net gainer has been djuice who by dint of sailing in considerably more wind at the back of the fleet has closed to within 43 miles of Amer Sport One.
Amer Sports One in turn has been the biggest looser, dropping from fifth to sixth. "What a contrast," says Amer One's navigator, Roger Nilson. "The last two days we have been sailing like madman, hanging on to our lives with the biggest possible kite up. Right now we are fighting for every inch in hardly any breeze."
SEB on the other had have been reaping the rewards of their foray south and has moved up to fourth. "A few hours ago we went through a small trough with a wind shift to the right of about 90 degrees," reported skipper, Gurra Krantz. "Two hours later, after sail changes, tacks and endless work of shifting sails we were all, at that stage in the pouring rain, convinced of that there must be another sport we can do."
With the wind forecast to remain north or northeasterly all the way in to the finish, she will however be sailing a tighter angle on the run in. Not so fast perhaps.
Unsurprisingly , the final run in is exercising the minds of virtually everyone in the fleet. "With less than 1000 miles to run things are tensing up a little," says Jason Carrington from Assa Abloy. "Tyco our tuning partner is just ahead of us, she has shown great pace over the last couple of days, but still we seem to be glued to each other, I often get the feeling Assa Abloy and Tyco are in love with each other, they certainly seem to like each others company! illbruck is in striking distance and the other guys are just behind, so at this stage it's anyone's race."
News Corp skipper, Jez Fanstone looks relaxed
Lunchtime at 'Hotel Tyco'. Looks nice.....
Page two.... an e-mail from Roger Nilson aboard Amer Sports One