The most northerly boat in the fleet is second placed ABN AMRO TWO of Sebastien JOSSE (FRA), and Torben GRAEL's (BRA) Brasil 1, which is 67 nautical miles north east of Bounty Island, has chosen the most southerly course; the division between the two is 69 nautical miles.
The battle royal is centred around Neal MCDONALD's (GBR) Ericsson Racing Team and Paul CAYARD's (USA) Pirates of the Caribbean. Ericsson is holding onto third position, sailing fractionally faster than the Black Pearl, 24 miles behind the leaders, but the Pirates are putting the pressure on, just five miles behind.
In the strong conditions the two Dutch ABN AMRO boats are again demonstrating their undoubted strength. Since being level with movistar at 1600 hours UTC yesterday, ABN AMRO ONE has moved away, gaining approximately five miles at every six-hourly position report. Their lead is now 15 miles over ABN AMRO TWO and they continue to record the highest speed across the fleet.
JOSSE's boys on the second Dutch boat have also increased the gap between them and third place Ericsson, stretching it from three to nine miles over the last six hours, and are recording the second highest speed in the fleet.
Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 20 February 2006
|ABN AMRO ONE||NED||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||48 48.05S||177 5.02W||6435||0||0||114||17.9||14.8||10/03/2006|
|ABN AMRO TWO||NED||Sebastian JOSSE (FRA)||48 34.03S||177 25.07W||6450||15||-6||119||17.3||14.3||10/03/2006|
|Ericsson Racing Team||SWE||Neal MCDONALD (GBR)||48 44.02S||177 42.04W||6459||24||-12||125||16.8||14||10/03/2006|
|Pirates of the Caribbean||USA||Paul CAYARD (USA)||48 49.02S||177 50.01W||6464||29||-16||128||16.6||13.9||10/03/2006|
|movistar||ESP||Bouwe BEKKING (NED)||48 51.07S||178 43.03W||6498||63||-19||134||16.9||12.8||10/03/2006|
|Brasil 1||BRA||Torben GRAEL (BRA)||49 7.02S||178 59.10W||6505||70||-11||125||17||12.6||10/03/2006|
|Brunel||AUS||Grant WHARINGTON (AUS)||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS||DNS|
DTF: Distance To Finish
DTL: Distance To Leader
DTLC: Distance To Leader Change; the difference between the distance from the boat to the leader taken at the time of the last six hour poll, and the distance from the boat to the leader at the previous poll
CMG: Course Made Good; the average course steered over the period of the past six hours up to the time of the last poll
SMG: Speed Made Good
VMG: Velocity Made Good; the average velocity of the boat towards the finish over the entire leg
ETA: Estimated Time of Arrival
(Up to and including Leg Three)
|1||ABN AMRO ONE||NED||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||38.5|
|2||ABN AMRO TWO||NED||Sebastien JOSSE (FRA)||28|
|3||movistar||ESP||Bouwe BEKKING (NED)||25|
|5||Pirates of the Caribbean||USA||Paul CAYARD (USA)||21.5|
|4||Brasil 1||BRA||Torben GRAEL (BRA)||20|
|6||Ericsson Racing Team||SWE||Neal MCDONALD (GBR)||16.5|
|7||ING Real Estate Brunel||AUS||Grant WHARINGTON (AUS)||11.5|
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