There is a high pressure cell ahead of the fleet. As the high pressure widens, Mike SANDERSON (NZL) will be hoping that he can ease ABN AMRO ONE through the gap and that his nearest rival, Paul CAYARD's (USA) Pirates of the Caribbean, will be caught in. This is a worrying scenario for CAYARD as the boats behind him could make big gains in a short period of time. 'It could all be different tomorrow and we might skate through as well,' said CAYARD late last night. 'One thing it is not, is straight forward and simple. We will just have to deal with it, whatever it is,' CAYARD concluded. Both ABN AMRO ONE and Pirates of the Caribbean are struggling to make 7.5 knots.
No one will be pushing harder than Brasil 1 skipper Torben GRAEL (BRA) as he drives hard for a podium finish his home town. GRAEL is conjuring 8.1 knots out of this boat and moved up into third place, while the crew onboard Sebastien JOSSE's (FRA) ABN AMRO TWO are putting up a fight and are doing everything they can to squeeze an extra fraction of speed out of the boat, they are only able to achieve 7.5 knots.
In fifth place, Ericsson Racing Team has nothing to lose by trying different tactics and is currently the fastest of the leading five boats as they position themselves 183 miles from the shore and to west of bulk of the fleet. 'More losses in the last 24 hours to the leaders and we really have to hit a corner hard now; probably a loss, but then, we have nothing to lose,' wrote skipper Neal MCDONALD (GBR).
Onboard the repaired movistar, 1,273 miles behind ABN AMRO ONE, Pepe RIBES (ESP) still has not allowed the crew to tuck into their leg of cured ham. Upon interrogation, RIBES informed the crew that he did not want them scoffing themselves and then throwing it up again in the rough weather. 'It is amazing how fast the waves have built up and we have been sailing with no mainsail, a small jib, even smaller staysail and still surfing at a regular 20-27 knots. In the last few hours, the wind has dropped to 30 knots and it feels sedate enough for us to almost want to pull out the deckchairs,' writes Mike JOUBERT (RSA).
Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 10 March 2006
|ABN AMRO ONE||NED||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||25 11.01S||43 38.03W||140||0||0||36||7.4||14.6||11/03/2006 - 0125 UTC|
|Pirates of the Caribbean||USA||Paul CAYARD (USA)||26 42.03S||44 10.03W||234||94||2||28||7.3||14.4||11/03/2006 - 1157 UTC|
|Brasil 1||BRA||Torben GRAEL (BRA)||27 5.08S||44 23.03W||259||119||7||31||8.1||14.3||11/03/2006 - 1444 UTC|
|ABN AMRO TWO||NED||Sebastian JOSSE (FRA)||27 9.01S||44 32.05W||266||126||4||21||7.5||14.3||11/03/2006 - 1529 UTC|
|Ericsson Racing Team||SWE||Neal MCDONALD (GBR)||28 0.01S||45 12.01W||326||186||11||32||8.8||14.2||11/03/2006 - 2207 UTC|
|movistar||ESP||Bouwe BEKKING (NED)||43 3.01S||51 8.03W||1273||1133||23||59||13.4||12.1||15/03/2006 - 1711 UTC|
|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 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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