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23 November 2005, 11:12 am
Pay Day On Hold For ABN AMRO ONE
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

The next few hours are going to be difficult for ABN AMRO ONE (NED) and Mike SANDERSON (NZL), the current leaders of leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race, as they continue their drive south in search of the strong westerlies. They are now sailing towards a light wind band, which will slow them down, allowing the chasing pack to close the margin considerably.

ABN AMRO ONE is approximately 320 nautical miles off the coast of Brazil, 652 nm north of Rio de Janeiro which features as a stopover port later in the race.

Now only 49 nm behind ABN ARMO ONE and closing quickly is the Torben GRAEL (BRA), led Brasil 1 who have reduced the deficit to just 49 nm, achieving a higher 24 hour run (329nm) than ABN AMRO ONE (322) and sailing faster.

GRAEL has kept his easterly position approximately 40 nm east ABN AMRO TWO and Sebastien JOSSE (FRA) and Neal MCDONALD's (GBR) Ericsson skippered, who is sandwiched between them. Australian entry Sunergy and Friends, skippered by Grant WHARINGTON (AUS), has gained 14 nm in the last six hours, but are now out of touch with the rest of the fleet.

Will ABN AMRO ONE run into a brick wall, allowing the rest of the fleet to concertina together? The pattern will emerge throughout today.

Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 23 November 2005

Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 16 49.03S 33 32.31W 2965 0 0 180 14.9 13.2 02/12/2005
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 13 49.25S 32 36.24W 3014 49 9 178 16.3 13 03/12/2005
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 13 56.07S 33 12.47W 3040 75 -2 183 15 12.9 03/12/2005
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 13 48.20S 33 19.25W 3049 84 -3 186 15.8 12.9 03/12/2005
Sunergy and Friends AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 04 52.09N 30 05.53W 3901 936 14 189 10.3 9.6 10/12/2005
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 37 07.38N 08 31.48W No Data No Data No Data No Data No Data No Data 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, Brasil 1 are making up ground on the leaders:© Oskar Kihlborg
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