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17 February 2002, 12:49 pm
Red Alert On illbruck
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Volvo Ocean Race

As illbruck, Tyco and Amer Sports One sailed in very similar conditions over the last six hours, it could be the Brazilian Current that makes the difference, as Paul Cayard and Roger Nilson predicted repeatedly over the last couple of days.
Pushing south, the current could have caused a good proportion of illbruck's eight-mile loss on Amer Sports One.

Djuice seems to have solved what Knut Frostad called a 'speed problem' after finishing leg 3 in Auckland. He promised some more sail development and on this leg the pink yacht kept the pace with the other yachts in all conditions encountered so far. The close racing with ASSA ABLOY should help both yachts, as the visual contact will put both crews on higher alert than just the numbers from the onboard computer displayed on deck.

News Corp has added three miles to the safety zone that protects her against Amer Sports Too's desire to overtake before finishing in Rio. 250 miles will be hard to gain on the 640 miles that News Corp has left to sail, barring no further technical problems.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 22, 0956 GMT:

Position Yacht DTF CMG SMG DTL ETA Points Overall
1 ILBK 363 17 10.5 0 18/02/02 29
2 AONE 379 13 11.8 16 18/02/02 25
3 TYCO 388 25 10.6 25 18/02/02 18
4 DJCE 394 21 11.5 31 18/02/02 15
5 AART 394 19 11.4 31 18/02/02 19
6 NEWS 639 18 9.6 276 20/02/02 19
7 ATOO 892 37 8.9 529 20/02/02 7
8 TSEB - - - - - 12
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