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27 September 2001, 06:24 pm
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Volvo Ocean Race
Southampton

Being about 230 miles away from land the yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race are all trying to get their bow as far West as possible for the expected change in wind direction.
As the yachts are still very close together, getting into the wind shift half an hour later than the opposition could decide about being in front or behind. Assa Abloy, sacrificed pointing in order to speed up. This puts pressure on illbruck, Tyco and Amer Sports One to follow for not losing control on Assa Abloy. What we can see in the open Atlantic right now is pure fleet racing "boat to boat tactics", pure, intense and determined.

Team News Corp are still furthest to the west and on distance to the finish just 14 miles behind even though their straight line distance to illbruck is about twice as much. SEB and Amer Sports Too are in between and to the East.

Djuice is opting for a different track, sailing higher than everybody else and after crossing the other yachts track, still making more way to the South than anybody else. As this is all about weather and probabilities of anticipated wind changes, djuice's tactician, the French weather guru Jean Yves Bernot might have found something different.

Position Report Day 5, 1600 GMT

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 ILBK 40 50.40N 013 53.16W 06533 234 09.7 232 00000 00.0 23 OCT 01 8
2 TYCO 40 51.64N 013 50.24W 06535 231 09.6 230 00002 00.0 23 OCT 01 7
3 AONE 40 55.40N 013 56.40W 06537 233 09.5 232 00004 -00.2 23 OCT 01 6
4 AART 40 59.96N 014 00.64W 06539 231 09.1 237 00006 00.2 23 OCT 01 5
5 NEWS 41 12.76N 014 14.44W 06547 239 09.4 234 00014 00.3 23 OCT 01 4
6 TSEB 41 11.60N 013 53.04W 06552 233 09.5 230 00019 -00.2 23 OCT 01 3
7 ATOO 41 22.72N 013 35.60W 06568 241 09.3 231 00035 -00.2 23 OCT 01 2
8 DJCE 41 14.52N 012 57.84W 06573 238 11.2 230 00040 00.5 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 in kn; 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

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