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22 November 2005, 10:50 am
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

As Mike SANDERSON (NZL) and the Dutch ABN AMRO ONE team continue to steal a march on the chasing pack in the charge south, the race for second place is as tight as ever. At 0400 GMT this morning, Torben GRAEL's (BRA) Brasil 1 slipped past the Neal MCDONALD (GBR) skippered Ericsson (SWE) to take up second position, with Sebastien JOSSE (FRA) and ABN AMRO TWO in fourth just a few miles behind.

ABN AMRO ONE has now reached the half way stage in this 6,400 nm leg to Cape Town, South Africa and is driving relentlessly south in search of the stronger westerly winds that flow over the far southern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. She is now 236 nm off the Brazilian coast, 300 north east of Salvador.

At 1000 GMT this morning, Brasil 1, the most easterly of the bunch by 18 nm, and Ericsson, in the middle of the pack east to west, continue to fight it out. Brasil 1 has increased her margin from two to five nm, although Ericsson has the edge on speed. ABN AMRO has slipped slightly, from eight to nine miles back, but her speed is the same as Ericsson and she is the most westerly of the trio.

Sunergy and Friends has started to move again after very frustrating 24 hours when they were only able to achieve 122 nm at an average speed of 5.1 knots.

Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 22 November 2005

Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 11 27.57S 33 10.02W 3119 0 0 186 15 13.9 01/12/2005
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 08 20.12S 32 26.09W 3193 74 2 180 12.5 13.6 02/12/2005
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 08 35.55S 32 44.21W 3198 79 -1 183 12.7 13.6 02/12/2005
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 08 22.32S 32 45.30W 3207 88 -2 184 12.7 13.5 02/12/2005
Sunergy and Friends AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 08 47.00N 29 36.36W 4136 1017 15 186 9.8 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, Ericcson are in the midst of a tight battle for second place:© Sally Collison
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