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4 March 2006, 10:00 am
Spirits are Rising
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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

After the battering the fleet had as it rounded Cape Horn yesterday, the lighter winds that the crews have as they sail around the southern side of The Falkland Islands and back into the Atlantic is more than welcome. Spirits are rising and grins are back on the faces of the tired crews.
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Hatches, which were once closed to prevent an unwelcome torrent of water pouring into the boat, have been opened and the boats are beginning to dry out. The chance of sleep without the boat shaking and bouncing as the crews cling to their bunks is now possible and lying huddled on the floor in a survival suit is no longer necessary as the urgency to get everyone up on deck immediately has become less of a reality.

But this is no time to rest on their laurels, the battle for supremacy in the North Atlantic is on and while the boats are storm battered, and bent, the crews are gathering their strength to take on each other again in the last third of this leg to Rio de Janeiro.

Overnight, ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien JOSSE) has worked his young team in to second place, pushing Pirates of the Caribbean (Paul Cayard) into third. The fleet is 168 nautical miles east of the Falkland Islands and 550 nautical miles from the Argentinean coast. As predicted, the boats have closed together and now only 48 nautical miles separates first to fifth position.

Leader Mike Sanderson is frustrated. Time and time again he has seen his substantial lead eaten away by the back runners, and, once again, as history repeats itself, it is ABN AMRO TWO who is threatening his lead. 'Just amazing that you can be 200 odd miles behind as was the case with the Kids on ABN AMRO TWO or the Brazilians, but probably more frustrating even still is the fact that Ericsson has worked their way back into this race.'

Movistar has arrived in Ushuaia, after being escorted all the way by the Chilean navy. The team will now lift the boat out of the water to inspect the damage.

Cape Horn Rounding Times And Points For Leg Four Scoring Gate

Team Nation Skipper Time Pts
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
Position Report At 1000 Hours UTC, 4 March 2006
Team Nation Skipper Latitude Longitude DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
ABN AMRO ONE NED Mike SANDERSON (NZL) 50 30.02S 53 28.03W 1725 0 0 40 13.7 16.2 09/03/2006 17:00 UTC
ABN AMRO TWO NED Sebastian JOSSE (FRA) 51 3.01S 52 54.00W 1749 24 -2 30 12.7 16.1 09/03/2006 19:00 UTC
Pirates of the Caribbean USA Paul CAYARD (USA) 50 43.01S 54 41.02W 1754 29 -5 39 12.5 16.1 09/03/2006 19:00 UTC
Brasil 1 BRA Torben GRAEL (BRA) 50 40.02S 56 1.01W 1771 46 -13 17 10.7 16 09/03/2006 21:00 UTC
Ericsson Racing Team SWE Neal McDONALD (GBR) 51 20.20S 53 34.02W 1773 48 -7 38 12.3 16 09/03/2006 21:00 UTC
movistar ESP Bouwe BEKKING (NED) 54 48.02S 68 17.02W 2340 615 -77 0 0 14.3 13/03/2006 06:00 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

Overall Leaderboard
(Up to and including Leg Four Scoring Gate - not yet ratified)

Pos Team Nation Skipper Pts
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

For a complete list of all the news about the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 CLICK HERE.

Lizzie GREEN (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Movistar make their way to Ushuaia under storm jib in heavy seas.:© movistar
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