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5 March 2006, 11:00 am
Reaching Towards Rio
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

According to Mike SANDERSON, skipper of leading boat, ABN AMRO ONE, yesterday was just one of those days that the new Volvo Open 70 was designed for, reaching in breezes from 15 to 22 knots with boat speed nearly always matching wind speed.
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'We are doing 21.7 knots at 95 degrees true wind angle in 19.5 knots of wind,' writes Sanderson, adding, 'numbers like that a couple of years ago just weren't achievable in anything other than a multihull or a super maxi such as Mari-Cha IV. Every now and then, the rule makers stumble on a special boat. The new boats [the Volvo Open 70] are fantastic, exciting and a real challenge to sail, and the racing is getting hotter than ever.'

As the fleet heads north towards Rio de Janeiro, at roughly the same speeds, 94 nautical miles separates the most westerly yacht, Brasil 1 (Torben GRAEL) from ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien JOSSE) in the east. GRAEL and his team are now a little over 700 miles from the coast, and they are desperate to record a podium position on this leg in their home town.

The next obstacle to lie in wait for the fleet is a ridge of high pressure, which they will negotiate today.

Cape Horn Rounding Times And Points For Leg Four Scoring Gate

Team Nation Skipper Time Pts
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 02/03/2006 - 1238 UTC 3.5
Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 02/03/2006 - 1440 UTC 3
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 02/03/2006 - 1810 UTC 2.5
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 02/03/2006 - 2125 UTC 2
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 02/03/2006 - 2158 UTC 1.5
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 03/03/2006 1
Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 5 March 2006
Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 45 15.03S 46 24.02W 1350 0 0 34 17.7 16.2 09/03/2006 17:00 UTC
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 45 47.02S 46 42.02W 1384 34 -2 33 17.1 16.1 09/03/2006 20:00 UTC
Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 45 47.02S 47 48.02W 1391 41 3 37 18.1 16 09/03/2006 20:00 UTC
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 45 56.03S 48 41.03W 1408 58 0 48 19.1 16 09/03/2006 22:00 UTC
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal McDONALD (GBR) 46 37.01S 47 22.04W 1438 88 -6 41 17.5 15.9 10/03/2006 00:00 UTC
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 54 48.02S 68 17.01W 2340 990 -96 0 0 13.3 13/03/2006 21:00 UTC

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

Overall Leaderboard
(Up to and including Leg Four Scoring Gate - not yet ratified)

Pos Team Nation Skipper Pts
1 ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 42
2 ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastien JOSSE (FRA) 30
3 movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 26
5 Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 24.5
4 Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 22.5
6 Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal MCDONALD (GBR) 18
7 ING Real Estate Brunel AUS Grant WHARINGTON (AUS) 11.5

For a complete list of all the news about the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 CLICK HERE.

Lizzie GREEN (As Amended By ISAF).
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