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26 September 2001, 09:10 am
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Amer Sports Too and Djuice Dragons ©Peter Bentley

Volvo Ocean Race
Bay of Biscay

Life on board the eight Volvo Ocean 60s continues to be wet and uncomfortable for the crews this morning (local time) after a night of sailing to windward in a dash (straight line boat speed) race to Cape Finisterre on the North West tip of Spain.
The entire fleet has now been lined up on the same heading and tack for nearly 12 hours, creating an eight-lane highway in the Bay of Biscay.

As the crew on Amer Sports One described earlier, "Today has been the opposite to yesterday's conditions with lumpy seas, 25 to 30 knots of breeze on the nose and a lot of water over the deck while down below feels a little like a bucking bronco machine gone wrong. We started the day with a code 0 (zero) and full main and after a few sail changes during the day are now down to a number 4 (headsail) and one reef (in the mainsail)".

Within two to three hours, one of the leading trio, illbruck (ahead by 1 nautical mile), Tyco and Amer Sports One, will have to take the tactical initiative to either tack back into the Atlantic or hug the Spanish and then Portuguese coasts.

Position Report 26 SEP 01 04.00 GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 ILBK 44 19.32N 008 07.56W 06838 173 08.9 217 00000 00.0 22-Oct-01 8
2 TYCO 44 23.20N 008 12.24W 06839 174 09.9 218 00001 00.2 22-Oct-01 7
3 AONE 44 24.16N 008 02.20W 06844 179 08.6 221 00006 00.0 22-Oct-01 6
4 AART 44 31.88N 008 08.32W 06848 177 10.3 223 00010 00.3 22-Oct-01 5
5 NEWS 44 57.32N 008 42.24W 06858 176 05.9 218 00020 00.2 22-Oct-01 4
6 TSEB 44 49.12N 008 13.56W 06861 182 05.8 212 00023 00.0 22-Oct-01 3
7 ATOO 44 58.60N 008 08.00W 06871 185 08.9 214 00033 -00.2 22-Oct-01 2
8 DJCE 45 01.52N 008 11.48W 06872 171 09.7 207 00034 -00.2 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

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
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