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24 October 2001, 12:16 pm
illbruck Overhaul Amer Sports One
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Volvo Ocean Race

The long awaited result for the opening leg of the Volvo Ocean Race is now less than 12 hours away, with illbruck leading on the final 130 odd mile dash to Cape Town.

Just after midnight GMT and with less than a day's sailing to the finish of leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race to Cape Town, Grant Dalton's Amer Sports One relinquished the lead to John Kostecki's illbruck Challenge.

Dalton has had his nose out in front of the pack for exactly eight days, since just past the final waypoint of Ilha Trindade off Brazil. At one point, Amer Sports One held a 40-mile advantage that has gradually been eroded.

After 32 days at sea, John Kostecki's crew are seven miles ahead and 14 miles to the south of Grant Dalton's Amer Sports One. Both yachts are pointing their bows at the finish line, broad reaching along at a steady 15 knots in the 18 knot southerly breeze.

At their current speed, illbruck is expected into Cape Town at 19.40 hours GMT today, (21.40 hours local time).

Team News Corp seem to have locked up third position, barring breakage, as they have a 179-mile buffer over Tyco.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 32, 10.00hrs GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL ROC ETA PO
1 ILBK 34 35.52S 015 51.68E 136 074 12.9 350 0 00.0 24 OCT 01 8
2 AONE 34 27.60S 015 39.20E 143 080 12.4 310 7 -00.3 24 OCT 01 7
3 NEWS 35 59.16S 010 01.28E 433 077 14.1 306 297 01.3 25 OCT 01 6
4 TYCO 35 02.88S 006 09.40E 612 106 10.7 269 476 -02.3 26 OCT 01 5
5 AART 33 38.04S 001 59.80E 821 096 09.9 251 685 -03.0 27 OCT 01 4
6 TSEB 27 10.08S 006 08.56W 1330 129 06.8 223 1194 -06.0 30 OCT 01 3
7 DJCE 27 35.68S 006 37.12W 1344 142 07.2 220 1208 -06.7 30 OCT 01 2
8 ATOO 26 31.04S 007 41.16W 1422 103 07.7 223 1286 -05.4 30 OCT 01 1
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