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11 October 2001, 08:23 pm
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Volvo Ocean Race

At 1600 GMT three of the eight strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet have rounded the first waypoint on this initial leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Leader illbruck left the island to port at 1129 GMT, followed by ASSA ABLOY at 1334 GMT and News Corp at 1554 GMT. All three yachts passed with 10 knots' boat speed in perfect sailing conditions with a steady 12 knot south easterly breeze which accelerated over the green hills of the island to raise small waves with white tops from the dark blue ocean.

Tyco has already spotted the summits of the island's hills due south and will pass in about an hour and a half, followed by Amer Sports One another 11 miles behind.

The three yachts still north of the equator, Team SEB, Amer Sports Too and djuice are preparing to welcome King Neptune on board to accept some pollywogs and shellbacks into his realm.

Position Report Day 19, 1600 GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL ROC ETA PO
1 ILBK 04 36.92S 032 32.44W 03620 187 10.2 254 0 00.0 25 OCT 01 8
2 AART 04 14.56S 032 30.72W 03642 185 09.9 242 22 -00.2 25 OCT 01 7
3 NEWS 03 52.64S 032 29.96W 03663 189 09.9 241 43 00.0 25 OCT 01 6
4 TYCO 03 36.40S 032 27.72W 03679 184 09.4 235 59 -00.5 25 OCT 01 5
5 AONE 03 25.52S 032 23.56W 03690 193 10.1 237 70 00.3 26 OCT 01 4
6 TSEB 00 56.96N 030 05.36W 03986 219 10.3 230 366 00.2 27 OCT 01 3
7 ATOO 01 36.76N 031 16.52W 04000 200 09.8 188 380 -00.2 27 OCT 01 2
8 DJCE 01 28.28N 030 37.92W 04002 215 10.9 230 382 00.7 27 OCT 01 1

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