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28 November 2005, 10:36 am
Amazing Performance
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006
Vigo, Spain - Cape Town, South Africa

The GANT TIME 24-hour run record has been claimed by ABN AMRO ONE (Mike SANDERSON) in a breath-taking dash to Cape Town. The final tally was 546 nautical miles the 24 hour period to 1910 GMT yesterday, averaging a speed of 22.75 knots. ABN AMRO ONE's record will now be presented to the Word Sailing Speed Record Council for official ratification.
Not to be outdone, the 'young fellas' on the second ABN AMRO (Sebastien JOSSE) boat also broke the 24-hour record, covering 539 nm at an average speed of 22.45 knots.

'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

Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
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
Event Media (As Amended by ISAF), Image: Ericsson enjoys the tradewinds © Team Ericsson
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