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20 November 2001, 12:43 pm
Team SEB Fly While Djuice Suffer Gear Failure
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Volvo Ocean Race

Team SEB surged into the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race this morning, setting a new 24-hour mileage record for leg two and eclipsing Team News Corp’s previous mark (from Sunday) by an impressive 2.2 nautical miles.
Gunnar Krantz's crew, the most northern team in the fleet, sailed 453.4 miles up to 10.10hrs GMT this morning, giving them an average speed of 18.89 knots. Krantz now has a four-mile lead over John Kostecki's illbruck.

While SEB flies towards Australia, the reasons behind djuice's fall from the top became apparent this morning. Knut Frostad's team suffered another headboard car failure yesterday which Frostad estimates cost them 20 miles.

"Our new unbreakable headboard car came off the mast. It hadn't actually broken, but the fittings that hold the slide rods broke off and then the whole car came off," explained Frostad in an email.

"Learning from the last leg we have a spare one with us and it took us about two hours with hardly any speed to get the main down, get the new one on and fix a couple of batten fittings that flew off during the same night."

But their problems have not stopped there. "Also we now have a ripped mainsail," continued Frostad. " A two-metre long tear in the bottom of the sail has caused us some worries lately. Trying to repair it properly is not very easy as the bottom of the main is constantly under heavy spray."

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 10, 10.00hrs GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 TSEB 48 15.52S 081 49.24E 3587 105 20.6 452 0 -00002 02 DEC 01 11
2 ILBK 48 52.76S 081 56.40E 3591 093 18.0 438 4 +00004 02 DEC 01 15
3 AART 48 24.36S 081 33.28E 3599 085 16.7 411 12 +00009 02 DEC 01 10
4 NEWS 49 57.28S 081 55.88E 3608 089 16.3 372 21 +00013 02 DEC 01 11
5 DJCE 49 51.32S 081 39.28E 3617 088 17.1 360 30 +00009 02 DEC 01 6
6 AONE 49 31.96S 078 07.80E 3745 079 17.1 339 158 +00008 03 DEC 01 10
7 ATOO 51 15.68S 068 48.48E 4113 122 13.3 235 526 +00046 04 DEC 01 3
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