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25 September 2001, 10:55 am
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Volvo Ocean Race

As the Volvo Ocean Race fleet skirts the notorious Bay of Biscay, the game of maritime chess continues with Team Tyco gliding into the lead.

Kevin Shoebridge and his crew have perhaps temporarily assumed the role of pace setters, although by not much more than a whisker over pre race favourites, illbruck.

Sailing in their wake around 20 nautical miles astern, but at times up to two knots faster, are a trio of yachts including djuice, Amer Sports Too and Team News Corp.

Pace is slow with still only 5-6knots of breeze on the nose, but the yachts vast sail wardrobes with powerful Code O (zero) upwind sails still pull them along at a similar speed.

The intensity of the racing and need for every ounce of boat speed can be demonstrated by the lack of on-board communication. None of the crews seem willing to give away any information or be distracted from their specialist role on board.

Position Report 25 SEP 01 04.00 GMT

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 TYCO 47 43.97N 007 14.57W 07032 197 06.5 127 00000 01.2 22-Oct-01 8
2 ILBK 47 42.44N 007 09.04W 07033 205 06.6 129 00001 -00.2 22-Oct-01 7
3 AART 47 53.69N 007 27.32W 07036 189 06.6 131 00004 02.0 22-Oct-01 6
4 AONE 47 46.82N 007 08.56W 07037 187 06.8 122 00005 00.8 22-Oct-01 5
5 TSEB 47 44.12N 006 45.00W 07042 261 04.4 118 00010 -01.7 22-Oct-01 4
6 NEWS 48 03.92N 007 22.00W 07047 179 08.4 122 00015 01.5 22-Oct-01 3
7 DJCE 48 05.60N 007 19.32W 07049 175 08.4 118 00017 01.5 22-Oct-01 2
8 ATOO 48 06.16N 007 17.08W 07050 178 08.4 121 00018 01.5 22-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; DTL-C - Distance to leader change; ETA - Estimated time of arrival; PO - Points.



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