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9 October 2001, 12:42 pm
Twenty Hours to Zero
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Volvo Ocean Race

Bowling along in the southeast trade winds, the leading five yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race will cross the equator within the next 20 hours.
The overall positions remain the same as 04.00hrs GMT, although illbruck's lead over ASSA ABLOY has been reduced from thirteen to seven miles.

Should the fleet maintain their present speed, they will round the waypoint of Ilha de Fernando Noronha, off Brazil, twenty-four hours later where the first real pecking order of the race will be seen.

The only possible upset over the next two days, weather wise, will be if the current south east breeze shifts and heads the fleet, forcing them to put in a costly tack to clear the island. The brave crews may decide to bear off a few degrees, gaining speed in the short term but losing more miles should the shift come through.

The southerly sprint between Noronha and Ilha Trindade 1010 miles away will provide the first real comparisons of pure boat speed between the Bruce Farr designs of illbruck, ASSA ABLOY, Tyco and News Corp against Amer Sports One from the drawing board of Mani Frers.

However, damaged sail wardrobes could tarnish the results after some spinnakers, such as the vital downwind Code 3 on Amer Sports One, which did not survive the sudden squalls in the Doldrums. The onboard sailmakers are working overtime down below to stick and stitch sails back into a useable shape and strength.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report Leg One Day 17, 10.00hrs GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTL CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 ILBK 04 01.60N 030 21.80W 04154 198 08.5 261 0 00.0 25-Oct-01 8
2 AART 04 09.92N 030 24.96W 04161 206 09.7 220 7 01.0 25-Oct-01 7
3 NEWS 04 23.92N 030 18.28W 04176 198 09.3 212 22 00.7 25-Oct-01 6
4 TYCO 04 39.96N 030 19.84W 04191 203 09.4 200 37 00.8 25-Oct-01 5
5 AONE 04 46.68N 030 15.88W 04199 204 09.3 203 45 00.5 25-Oct-01 4
6 ATOO 06 34.60N 029 51.80W 04309 199 06.3 173 155 -02.3 26-Oct-01 3
7 TSEB 06 50.40N 025 33.12W 04428 197 04.0 122 274 -04.9 26-Oct-01 2
8 DJCE 08 09.44N 027 16.68W 04449 193 07.1 139 295 -01.6 26-Oct-01 1
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