The first five yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race, still led by John Kostecki’s illbruck Challenge team, are racing into strong southeasterly breezes of up to 20 knots on their way south to the final waypoint of Ilha Trindade, still some 400 miles a...
While such conditions would normally produce big daily runs (allowing the crews to reel off the miles to Cape Town) the yachts are literally launching off large, sloppy head seas left over from another weather system.
The conditions though are not deterring the leading two yachts of illbruck (first) and ASSA ABLOY. Both teams are keen to maintain and extend their advantage in preparation for the final sprint across the unpredictable south Atlantic to the finish line.
Out in front, the crew of illbruck are not willing to give an inch, even with 3,000 miles left to decide the leg. "As a crew we are continuing to push hard to extend our lead. Ian Moore (navigator) said last night 'there is still a lot of racing left in this race'. Anything can and will happen and we would like to be far in front when it does," reflected helmsman and trimmer Richard Clarke.
General Situation - The anticyclone in the South Atlantic, still to the south of the area, will continue to maintain the Southeast to Easterly airstream for the next 24 hours over the route.
Wind East/SE 15-20.
Seas Mainly 2.0-2.5 metres.
Weather - Mostly fair with sunny or clear periods and good visibility. Small risk of isolated showers.
Report Time: 13 October 2001, 16:03
Position - Yacht Name - DTF - ETA
1. illbruck - 3060 - 25 OCT 01 13:51
2. ASSA ABLOY - 3081 - 25 OCT 01 15:53
3. News Corporation - 3100 - 25 OCT 01 17:35
4 .Tyco - 3118 - 25 OCT 01 19:21
5. Amer Sports One - 3132 - 25 OCT 01 20:36
6. SEB - 3465 - 27 OCT 01 03:44
7. djuice - 3500 - 27 OCT 01 06:59
8. Amer Sports Too - 3501 - 27 OCT 01 07:04