'It's an amazing feeling,' wrote SANDERSON yesterday after hearing news of the record breaking run. 'We have had some tough times onboard in the last few weeks but, for sure, this is an amazing highlight.' He paid tribute to his team and also to the amazing performance put up by Sebastien JOSSE's crew on ABN AMRO TWO. 'They are just flying. I did try and warn a few people about the 'White Rocket' when we were in Spain, and I knew it was falling on deaf ears.'
When GANT TIME signed with the Volvo Ocean Race as official timing partner, they very generously agreed to give a watch to each crew member of the boat breaking the current 24-hour record. Retailing at 1000 euros each, this will be a great prize for each of the sailors.
Meanwhile, further back on the racetrack, Ericsson (Neal McDONALD) has set up 94 nm north of the two Dutch boats, with Brasil 1 (Torben GRAEL) sandwiched between them. McDONALD's team are disappointed. Hampered after losing the special reaching sail on the first night of the leg, this is now the sail they most need. They are now out of touch with the two Dutch boats and Brasil 1s lead over them is continuing to increase.
Sunergy and Friends are heading south, 639 nm north east of Rio de Janeiro. They are now 1465 miles adrift.
Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 28 November 2005
|ABN AMRO ONE||NED||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||34.55.02S||07.08.40W||1266||0||0||79||19.3||13.5||30/11/2005|
|ABN AMRO TWO||NED||Sebastian JOSSE (FRA)||35.01.09S||08.56.51W||1353||87||-10||88||16.9||13.3||01/12/2005|
|Brasil 1||BRA||Torben GRAEL (BRA)||34.33.00S||10.58.59W||1456||190||-27||80||14.6||13.0||02/12/2005|
|Ericsson Racing Team||SWE||Neal MCDONALD (GBR)||33.51.09S||11.38.45W||1494||228||-16||91||15.9||12.9||02/12/2005|
|Sunergy and Friends||AUS||Grant WHARINGTON (AUS)||21.26.40S||31 31.12W||2731||1465||-70||185||17.2||9.7||10/12/2005|
|movistar||ESP||Bouwe BEKKING (NED)||37 07.38N||08 31.48W||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data||No Data|
|Pirates of the Caribbean||USA||Paul CAYARD (USA)||DNF||DNF||DNF||DNF||DNF||DNF||DNF||DNF||DNF|