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3 October 2001, 12:10 pm
Speedy Amer Sports Two Takes 24hr Run
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Assa Abloy

Volvo Ocean Race

Illbruck Challenge is securing its position as leader of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet once again, with stronger winds and an earlier windshift to the NNE than the other yachts in the area.
The highest speeds were clocked by Amer Sports One, sailing on a track right between Assa Abloy and Tyco to the west and illbruck and News Corp to the east.

This time it was the girls on Amer Sports Two delivering the best 24 hour performance with a total of 220 miles, closely followed by djuice's 218. Team SEB in the east has slowed down and even made another move to the ease in their search for the best approach to the doldrums.

In a radio interview, John Kostecki, the skipper of the German Volvo Ocean Race entry illbruck explained his considerations: "It looks like we have a bit better breeze than the boats to the west of us. We didn't think of the move as a gamble, we just looked at our weather information and figured there would be more wind in the east. Just wanted to get a little gap and it seems to have paid off for us.

It's been good for us because we've been making small gains on the fleet. Our plans now are to keep pushing. Weather wise, not necessarily stick with the fleet. The way to go seems to sail our own race.

Juan Vila and Ian Moore have a lot to do with the decision-making. We talk about it as a group. If I'm not happy with a decision they make, then I'll say no we'll do something else."

On the prevailing conditions he said: "A little bit more breeze, still quite up and down, anywhere from six to 11 knots and shifting through 20 degrees. It makes it more fun and comfortable sailing."


Position Report Day 11, 0956 GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL ROC ETA PO
1 ILBK 23 10.76N 023 38.28W 05367 216 09.5 204 00 00.0 24 OCT 01 8
2 TYCO 23 37.40N 024 27.32W 05378 216 08.9 189 11 -00.3 24 OCT 01 7
3 AART 23 37.88N 024 26.36W 05379 216 08.9 190 12 -00.5 24 OCT 01 6
4 AONE 23 32.76N 024 04.44W 05380 213 11.5 191 13 -00.3 24 OCT 01 5
5 NEWS 23 28.32N 023 32.52W 05385 223 08.8 185 18 -00.5 24 OCT 01 4
6 DJCE 24 34.40N 022 56.52W 05458 197 07.8 218 91 00.2 24 OCT 01 3
7 ATOO 25 09.60N 023 05.08W 05489 206 09.6 220 122 -00.2 24 OCT 01 2
8 TSEB 23 13.96N 018 11.80W 05492 182 07.2 198 125 -02.8 24 OCT 01 1


PS - Position; DTF - Distance to Finish; CMG - Course made good; SMG - Speed made good; TFHR - 24 hours run; DTL - Distance to leader; ROC - Rate of Change; ETA - Estimated time of arrival; PO - Points; ND - No data

ILBK illbruck Challenge
AONE Amer Sports One
ATOO Amer Sports Two
AART ASSA ABLOY Racing Team
NEWS News Corporation
TYCO Team Tyco
TSEB Team SEB
DJCE djuice dragons
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