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21 November 2005, 10:27 am
Scoring Points And Streaking Ahead
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

At 0130 GMT this morning ABN AMRO ONE (NED) scored 3.5 points as the team passed through the first scoring gate at the Ilha de Fernando de Noronha in first position. They add this to the one point they scored in the in-port race in Sanxenxo, Spain. However Ericsson (SWE) are now just 27 nm from the scoring gate, having gained a massive 34 nm in the last six hours.

Ericsson, skippered by Neal MCDONALD (GBR), will score three points to add to their in-port race score of 3.5 and therefore will retain the lead overall with 12.5 points if they manage to finish this leg in second place by holding off Brasil 1 led by Torben GRAEL (BRA) and the young guns skippered by Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) on ABN AMRO TWO, who are racing neck and neck. If Mike SANDERSON's (NZL) ABN AMRO ONE hold on to first they will have a cumulative total of 11.5 points.

Rather than immediately turning from the scoring gate to the southeast, and on a direct course to the finish, the crews will keep their bows pointed almost due south for several days. The plan will be to make as much southerly progress as possible in order to negotiate the more favourable downwind sailing conditions on the western periphery of the South Atlantic high. This is also known as the St. Helena anticyclone after the small British Overseas Territory located in the central South Atlantic Ocean between Angola and Brazil. The centre of this high is often located near St. Helena and lies directly in the path between the scoring gate and the leg finish in Cape Town, South Africa.

Once far enough south, the boats will hope to pick up the stronger westerly winds associated with lows and fontal systems over the far southern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. These westerly winds will carry them on a speedier path to Cape Town.

Current reports are indicating that the first boat might well finish in Cape Town on 30 November, although Australian entry Sunergy and Friends skippered by Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) could be up to a week behind them. They continue to make reasonable speed, but are still 964 nm adrift from the leading pack.

Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 21 November 2005

Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 05 48.35S 32 36.43W 3293 0 0 184 13.8 14.7 No Data
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 03 30.02S 32 23.14W 3380 87 34 196 13.4 14.3 No Data
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 03 23.56S 32 21.40W 3387 94 32 195 13.2 14.2 No Data
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 03 20.35S 32 20.46W 3390 97 32 194 13.2 14.2 No Data
Sunergy and Friends AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 10 47.36N 29 20.16W 4257 964 8 188 9.2 10.1 No Data
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 37 07.38N 08 31.48W 6157 2864 -47 0 0 1.2 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, The ABN AMRO crew at work on deck:© Jon Nash
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