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