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16 November 2005, 09:36 am
Settling Into Their Strategy
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

Each of the boats in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 seems to have settled on its strategy for the period between polls; the two ABN AMRO (NED) boats staying out to the west, Brasil 1 heading dead south and in the middle, Ericsson (SWE) gybing on every shift in between the rest. Separation between east and west across the group has risen to 159 miles.
At the last poll before 1500 hours UTC on Tuesday, ABN AMRO ONE had not gybed, but they did go for three in recent hours, just before 1200, at 1342 and at 1540 and on the last one went for more westing. Data from the current poll shows that the stronger winds are on the wings of the course, with Brasil 1 sailing at 14.6 knots and ABN AMRO TWO sailing at 13.9 knots, while ABN AMRO ONE and Ericsson are both sailing at just over 11.5 knots.

The three chasers have all lost miles on Brasil 1, who seem to be sailing the best strategy for the day. All the boats look to be sailing into less wind, as might be expected as they go further south and in the east the wind seems to be veering more to the north. Brasil 1 has gained around five miles on all the other boats during the day. Other gainers are the ABN AMRO TWO crew who have taken back a mile on the big boys and must be an unwelcome sight for the ABN AMRO ONE crew if they look astern.

Sunergy and Friends have left Porto Santo and are heading across the top of Madeira, shaping to pass the island to the west. Madeira is a high island and leaves a huge wind shadow, so it is to be hoped that Sunergy and Friends make a lot of westing to try to pick up the remnants of the strong north easterlies before they head south. But whatever their strategy, they are likely to have light and shifty winds to contend with for quite a while

At the 1600 poll, positions were as follows: Brasil 1 57 miles ahead of Ericsson, with ABN AMRO ONE next, 70 miles from the leader, ABN AMRO TWO a further four miles back and Sunergy and Friends 429 miles from the leader.

Interestingly, Brasil 1 has a current 24 hour run of 320 miles, ABN AMRO ONE a 24 hour run of 352. It is just that Brasil 1 is sailing a better direction towards the turning gate at Fernando de Noronha and therefore has a shorter distance to the finish. Time for some serious tactical thinking aboard all the boats.

Position Report At 0400 Hours UTC, Wednesday 16 November 2005

Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 26 04.49N 28 33.40W 5169 0 0 198 13.4 14.3 No Data
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 26 29.26N 28 50.06W 5191 22 13 197 15.5 14.1 No Data
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 26 39.19N 29 41.32W 5196 27 12 194 15.3 14 No Data
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 26 44.50N 29 43.51W 5202 33 6 189 14.3 14 No Data
Sunergy and Friends AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 32 16.14N 19 12.50W 5654 485 -19 244 13.3 8.8 No Data
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 37 07.38N 08 31.48W 6157 988 -79 0 0 3 No Data
Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 38 41.32N 09 24.56W 6213 1044 -79 0 0 2.3 No Data

For a complete list of all the news about the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 CLICK HERE.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Onboard second place Ericsson rd driving through the rough seas of the Atlantic:© Richard Mason
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