The system is moving only a little quicker than the leaders, an ideal situation for the boats behind, Neal MCDONALD's (SWE) Ericsson Racing Team and Sebastien JOSSE's (FRA) ABN AMRO TWO, to make gains.
ABN AMRO TWO is currently making 24 knots of boat speed and her 24 hour run is the healthiest of the fleet at 467 nautical miles. Torben GRAEL's (BRA) Brasil 1, positioned as the most northerly boat in the fleet, 114 nautical miles from Mike SANDERSON's (NZL) ABN AMRO ONE, the most southerly of the fleet, is making 23 knots. At this rate, Cape Horn will loom in approximately two day's time.
Brasil 1 has pulled away from Ericsson Racing Team and is now 50 miles ahead, but Bouwe BEKKING's (NED) movistar has suffered some losses in third place. 'How the mood can swing within 24 hours,' wrote BEKKING today, adding, 'Not feeling at all like writing something, as we have lost ground. For the first time in the race, I have a little knot in my stomach, just have to stay relaxed and believe in the boat and the crew.'
|Paul CAYARD is enjoying
life on the Black Pearl
© Justin CLOUGHER
With the rounding of Cape Horn around two days and 1,100 nautical miles away, the Volvo Ocean Race crews are concentrating on positioning themselves to collect as many points as possible at this, the only scoring gate on the course.
The fast reaching and running conditions under masthead spinnaker in 20 knots of wind have not been that enjoyable for the fleet today. The sea temperature is dropping and it is feeling very, very cold. There are no heaters on Ericsson Racing Team and everyone onboard is cold and tired and looking forward to getting round Cape Horn. Losing and gaining miles is almost the entire existence of the crews and it is hard, when each position report delivers the bad news of lost miles. Keeping the morale up onboard is even more important in this distant ocean, where crews are constantly tired and drink only desalinated water and eat freeze dried food. Wearing the right clothes, staying as warm as possible, sleeping when the opportunity is there and making sure that all the necessary vitamins and supplements are taken, all helps to keep spirits up.
The weather is typical; grey, very damp and foggy which limits visibility. The crews wear full faced masks to keep out the constant fire hose of icy water coming over deck, but which make it hard to see.
Even taking all this into account, CAYARD from second placed Pirates of the Caribbean says that these are the richest days of sailing that he has ever been given. 'Being at sea, travelling extremely long distances and circumnavigating the planet earth, are bigger than life experiences for almost everybody and I appreciate being one of the few hundred people who get to do it,' he said in a radio interview yesterday.
Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 28 February 2006
|ABN AMRO ONE||NED||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||57 28.03S||100 51.01W||3360||0||0||91||21.2||15.8||10/03/2006|
|Pirates of the Caribbean||USA||Paul CAYARD (USA)||56 53.20S||101 34.03W||3389||29||-4||94||20.4||15.7||10/03/2006|
|movistar||ESP||Bouwe BEKKING (NED)||57 1.01S||102 1.03W||3402||42||-3||90||21||15.6||10/03/2006|
|Brasil 1||BRA||Torben GRAEL (BRA)||55 31.02S||103 7.03W||3459||99||-12||91||19.6||15.4||10/03/2006|
|Ericsson Racing Team||SWE||Neal MCDONALD (GBR)||56 17.02S||105 3.03W||3509||149||-9||94||19.6||15.2||11/03/2006|
|ABN AMRO TWO||NED||Sebastian JOSSE (FRA)||55 58.60S||105 36.03W||3532||172||0||96||21.2||15.1||11/03/2006|
|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 Three)
|1||ABN AMRO ONE||NED||Mike SANDERSON (NZL)||38.5|
|2||ABN AMRO TWO||NED||Sebastien JOSSE (FRA)||28|
|3||movistar||ESP||Bouwe BEKKING (NED)||25|
|5||Pirates of the Caribbean||USA||Paul CAYARD (USA)||21.5|
|4||Brasil 1||BRA||Torben GRAEL (BRA)||20|
|6||Ericsson Racing Team||SWE||Neal MCDONALD (GBR)||16.5|
|7||ING Real Estate Brunel||AUS||Grant WHARINGTON (AUS)||11.5|
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