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30 November 2001, 12:27 pm
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Volvo Ocean Race

The weather development is dominated by three systems in the area.
A heat low is permanently located over the Australian continent, a high-pressure system lies off Western Australia and a low is passing south of the fleet with the centre at 55 South. The leading yachts are under the influence of this Southern Ocean low and as the pressure is dropping further, the wind increases.

Amer Sports one is betting on this card and are sailing further south. They already recorded up to 32 knots of wind speed. Illbruck, as the most southern yacht, sails in 28 knots and djuice reports 25. News Corp and ASSA ABLOY managed to cut some miles off the distance to the leaders. Both put their hopes to catch up in the light conditions they expect at Bass Strait.

Amer Sports Too gets its wind from the low pressure system over Australia, lying north of them and creating easterly winds at the South Australian coast. Less than 300 miles in latitude make the difference. As the Southern Ocean Low is moving east and the high as well as the Australian low are expanding, these winds will gain in strength.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 20, 0956 GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 TSEB 40 15.12S 135 38.48E 00934 113 15.8 362 0 +0 03 DEC 01 11
2 ILBK 40 36.76S 135 20.48E 00950 116 16.3 368 16 +2 04 DEC 01 15
3 NEWS 39 59.60S 134 10.92E 01001 107 16.1 347 67 -5 04 DEC 01 12
4 AART 40 29.76S 133 48.64E 01019 112 16.7 356 85 -3 04 DEC 01 9
5 DJCE 39 51.52S 133 08.40E 01049 108 15.7 341 115 -3 04 DEC 01 6
6 AONE 40 14.68S 132 42.36E 01069 111 14.8 328 135 +4 04 DEC 01 10
7 ATOO 35 48.48S 125 33.52E 01445 174 07.7 ND 511 +69 05 DEC 01 3
8 TYCO 33 58.00S 025 38.12E - - - - - +0 - -
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