'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
|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|
|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
(Up to and including Leg Four Scoring Gate - not yet ratified)
|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|
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