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21 June 2005, 02:13 pm
Fleet Making Good Speed As Breeze Picks Up Overnight
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2004/2005 Global Challenge

Since this morning's poll, Amedeo SORRENTINO (ITA) and his team onboard VAIO are back at the top of the leaderboard, now holding a five mile lead over second place Spirit of Sark.
This has been an impressive performance so far for the team who conceded their lead briefly yesterday to BG SPIRIT, which has now plummeted to sixth place, but still only eight miles from the leader.

The fleet are beginning to spread out north to south and, after two days wallowing with little to no breeze, the wind picked up again overnight which has seen boat speeds increase, leading to changes in leaderboard standings this morning.

Imagine It. Done. and Pindar now hold seventh and eighth places respectively, whilst Me To You has fallen back to tenth and Team Save the Children are in twelfth, trying to make up ground on the fleet after their entanglement with a lobster pot a night ago.

SAIC La Jolla, who have opted for the most southerly route, have dropped to eleventh place. Hoping that this move will pay off for his team in the long term, skipper Eero LEHTINEN (FIN) reports, 'Making a move south, hoping to get into stronger breeze quicker and to be able to use some of the warm eddies of the Gulf Stream to speed up our ride west.'

'Big gamble? Possibly, but we want it all. Last leg's spectator role will not be good enough this time, we go for all or nothing. Fourth or fifth, who cares - we want a podium position and a leg win! Just to give you a better show of course…'

EVent Media. Image, VAIO has retaken the lead:© Challenge Business
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