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27 November 2001, 12:59 pm
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Assa Abloy

Volvo Ocean Race

Five yachts, SEB in the lead, followed by illbruck, ASSA ABLOY, News Corp and djuice have rounded Eclipse Island and are heading for Bass Strait, the notorious waters between mainland Australia and Tasmania.
All the yachts tacked after rounding Eclipse Island and are heading south towards the 40th parallel where they expect reaching conditions that should give them a fast ride towards the east. Bass Strait is approximately 1400 miles away.

Keith Kilpatrick was transferred from Amer Sports One onto a 48-foot powerboat while the yacht was still some 15 miles away from Eclipse Island. The powerboat went to the port stern quarter of Amer Sports One, where skipper Grant Dalton helped Keith Kilpatrick, wearing a dry-suit and a life jacket, step over to the powerboat. Now he is sitting in the aft saloon of the powerboat, talking to Nautor Challenge onshore crew Nick Bice. They are going straight to Albany harbour, where an ambulance will be waiting for them. Keith will be taken to Albany hospital where Dr. Alistair Holms will examine him and decide on the next course of action.

Rounding times Eclipse Island (GMT): TSEB 0358; ILBK 0518; AART 0545; NEWS 0600; DJCE 0740

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 17, 0958 GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 TSEB 36 06.16S 118 09.68E 01783 167 09.7 134 0 +0 04 DEC 01 11
2 ILBK 35 50.76S 118 10.96E 01787 145 07.0 144 4 -7 04 DEC 01 15
3 NEWS 35 45.24S 118 07.92E 01791 125 06.1 151 8 -15 04 DEC 01 12
4 AART 35 48.92S 118 05.00E 01792 135 06.3 150 9 -12 04 DEC 01 9
5 DJCE 35 21.72S 118 05.88E 01800 075 07.7 170 17 -25 04 DEC 01 6
6 AONE 35 17.40S 117 38.60E 01826 057 10.4 166 43 -32 04 DEC 01 10
7 ATOO 36 45.44S 114 36.36E 01998 044 06.5 163 215 -7 04 DEC 01 3
8 TYCO 33 58.00S 025 38.12E - - - - - - - -
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