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21 February 2002, 08:25 pm
Amer Sports Too Brings Leg 4 To A Close
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Volvo Ocean Race

After hours of waiting in sight of the finish line, Amer Sports Too crossed the finish line at 11:06 GMT this morning.

They were left behind right after the start in New Zealand in the close racing conditions along the coast after ballast problems in the first night. In the heavy air running and reaching condition experienced in the Southern Ocean they managed to sail as much as 385.3 miles which gave them their personal best in the race so far. But it was hard to keep the pace with the other yachts that were doing 400 mile runs.

When stepping ashore they have been surrounded by journalists and photographers. Lisa McDonald said about their experience on leg 4: "We saw everything on this leg icebergs, Southern Oven storms, heat and calm. …..At Cape Horn we have been 460 miles behind the main pack and we managed to come back to within 70 miles two days ago. We were pushing the boat as hard as we could. The energy of this crew is unquestionable."

Overall position after four legs pending protests:

PS Yacht Leg 4 points Elapsed Time Combined Time PO Overall
1 ILBK 8 023d 05h 58m 42s 085d 16h 33m 38s 29 1
2 DJCE 7 023d 11h 52m 42s 092d 06h 23m 59s 17 6
3 TYCO 6 023d 13h 04m 52s - 18 5
4 AART 5 023d 14h 22m 21s 089d 18h 56m 07s 20 3
5 AONE 4 023d 14h 50m 55s 086d 08h 41m 09s 22 2
6 NEWS 3 024d 21h 55m 10s 088d 20h 04m 50s 19 4
7 ATOO 2 025d 11h 06m 50s 099d 09h 24m 16s 7 8
8 TSEB 1 ---------- ---------- 8 7
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