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17 November 2005, 10:54 am
Lead Changes Hands As 'Black Betty' Picks Up Her Skirts
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

'Black Betty', as the crew of ABN AMRO ONE (NED) affectionately refer to their black Volvo 70, is romping along having assumed the lead in leg one of the Volvo Ocean Race. Averaging over one knot faster in the last six hour period, she has extend her advantage to a comforting, but not comfortable, 20 nm over yesterday's front runner Brasil 1. Her average 24 hour speed is a sparkling 16.8 knots against Brasil 1's 14.9, leading to a 24 hour run of 402 nm against Brasil 1's 358.
The leading four are now 274 nm north of the Cape Verde Islands in an east to west split of 55 nm. Neal MCDONALD's (GBR) Ericsson (SWE) has lost out overnight and although she is hanging on to third place, she is now 29 nm adrift, with ABN AMRO TWO (NED) skippered by Sebastien JOSSE (FRA) on her hip just two nautical miles behind and closing.

Australian entry Sunergy and Friends skippered by Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) are back in the race and trying something different. They clearly will not catch the leaders by following in their wake. The four boats ahead are further south and sailing in different wind conditions. 'We're not rolling the dice on this one,' wrote navigator Campbell FIELD, 'just be aware that we have to be a little more clever.'

History has proven that a 500 or 600 nm deficit is not a disaster when you have around 5,000 nm to go, and this thought is keeping Sunergy and Friends positive and focussed.

Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, Thursday 17 November 2005

Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 18 37.25N 30 30.13W 4712 0 0 183 15.5 14.6 No Data
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 18 51.24N 29 34.00W 4732 20 -5 193 14.7 14.4 No Data
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 19 02.52N 29 50.43W 4741 29 -11 177 13.8 14.3 No Data
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 19 07.47N 30 24.20W 4743 31 -6 184 14.4 14.3 No Data
Sunergy and Friends AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 28 06.43N 24 33.43W 5330 618 -43 240 11.7 9.3 No Data
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 37 07.38N 08 31.48W 6157 1445 -93 0 0 2.2 No Data
Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 38 41.32N 09 24.56W 6213 1501 -93 0 0 1.7 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, ABN AMRO ONE has jumped into the lead of leg one:© Jon Nash
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