The second headboard car failure occurred late yesterday evening, with Gunnar Krantz's SEB suffering from the same fate that befell djuice two days earlier.
The lime green yacht sailed for five hours under jib alone while the crew effected a jury repair. "At 2100 GMT the car made of machined aluminium split and thus forcing us to drop the mainsail. The mainsail was down until 0200 GMT," reported skipper Gunnar Krantz.
"During that period we made slower progress with only the jib (foresail) up. Gusts of wind, 38 knots, made the repairs difficult to complete. At the same time we approached a front with a big wind shift and had to tack over to starboard. We are now continuing with a reefed main lashed to the mast. Unsafe situation when we cannot hoist or drop the main without sending somebody up the mast". SEB are currently sixth overall.
The leading five yachts are now split into two distinct groups. Tyco, ASSA ABLOY and Team News Corp, pursued by Amer Sport Too, remain in the west while Amer Sports One and illbruck duel in the east, with the wounded djuice and SEB following their track.
Tyco skipper Kevin Shoebridge explained the tactics of the fleet. "The tricky decision last night was how far to go into the front and what wind direction to wait for before tacking. This will obviously have some bearing on positions today. Illbruck was the first to tack as soon as the front approached, we tacked nearly an hour later. The view is a little different this morning with ASSA ABLOY one mile to leeward and Team News Corp a few miles back on our starboard quarter. Our old running mates illbruck and Dalts (Amer Sports One) are 20 miles to leeward. Interesting times once again".
From Amer Sports One, Grant Dalton believes the fleet will congregate again once more before splitting to tackle the doldrums. "The whole fleet are now aiming for Madeira and we will (the fleet) sort it out after that," said Dalton.
Life has taken a turn for better onboard with boat and crews drying, tidying and repairing after four days of upwind sailing. "We have come through the headwinds now, we're now reaching finally. At the moment we have ten knots (of breeze) from the west. The barometer (barometric pressure) in the nav (navigation) station is going up and the sun is coming out. These boats aren't set up for comfort bashing to windward. It's been difficult to cook and difficult to want to eat and difficult sleep. The guys have stood up well. We'll be able to tidy the boat up now, it looks like a bombsite at the moment," added Dalton.
Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 Position Report Day 6, 28 September 10.00 GMT
PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 ILBK 38 24.72N 015 28.28W 06370 177 08.2 238 00000 00.0 23-Oct-01 8
2 AART 38 37.44N 016 00.20W 06372 141 06.8 242 00002 00.0 23-Oct-01 7
3 TYCO 38 39.16N 016 03.52W 06372 164 08.0 237 00002 00.0 23-Oct-01 6
4 AONE 38 26.16N 015 20.72W 06374 186 07.5 238 00004 00.0 23-Oct-01 5
5 NEWS 38 42.36N 016 04.60W 06375 165 07.4 246 00005 00.0 23-Oct-01 4
6 TSEB 38 52.52N 014 54.36W 06407 187 09.4 227 00037 -00.5 23-Oct-01 3
7 DJCE 39 11.16N 015 11.80W 06418 186 08.9 232 00048 -00.3 23-Oct-01 2
8 ATOO 39 22.08N 015 41.68W 06418 177 08.2 228 00048 -00.2 23-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; 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 djuce dragons