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21 November 2001, 11:19 am
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Volvo Ocean Race

As leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race passes its half way stage, Gunnar Krantz’s record-breaking Team SEB crew is still in the lead with a ten mile advantage over Neal McDonald’s ASSA ABLOY.
While speeds and daily distances have generally moderated from yesterday's record breaking runs, ASSA ABLOY cranked up the pace for one hour at least during the night, sailing 21.9 miles in 60 minutes. "The waves lined up perfectly and we set a new record for ASSA ABLOY. For one hour we averaged 21.9 knots," explained navigator Mark Rudiger.

This average could produce a record 525.6 mile day if they had held onto the same conditions for the next 23 hours.

"We hit 30 knots plus on the GPS [Global Positioning System] several times. The speedo at that point is out of the water and reading apparent wind speed instead," joked 'Rudi'.

After a week in the deep south, Team News Corp and djuice have started to make their way northeast to converge with the leading trio. The fleet will soon make their way towards Eclipse Island off Australia's south west tip.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report Leg Two, Day 11, 10.00hrs GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 TSEB 48 37.84S 092 27.28E 3195 088 16.5 422 0 +00000 02 DEC 01 11
2 AART 48 48.40S 092 18.92E 3205 099 18.4 427 10 +00000 02 DEC 01 11
3 ILBK 49 18.36S 092 39.84E 3206 092 18.5 422 11 -00004 02 DEC 01 14
4 NEWS 49 35.36S 092 08.24E 3233 075 15.2 394 38 +00003 02 DEC 01 11
5 DJCE 49 23.36S 091 53.68E 3235 078 15.5 399 40 +00001 02 DEC 01 6
6 AONE 48 24.96S 086 41.88E 3402 079 15.4 342 207 +00001 03 DEC 01 10
7 ATOO 48 16.40S 075 58.56E 3817 048 11.5 329 622 +00038 04 DEC 01 3



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