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8 February 2002, 12:18 pm
Assault On illbruck's Lead
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On board illbruck

Volvo Ocean Race

Now that the crew have been able to sort out their situation on-board Team SEB, skipper, Gurra Krantz has been able to e-mail details about the conditions at the exact time of the dismasting yesterday.

Sailing along in an average wind speed of 28 - 32 knots they were suddenly hit by a snow squall of 48 knots. The yacht accelerated, broached violently and hit the water whilst sailing at 27 knots. What happened next, Gurra described: "After this giant hand pulled the boat over it was water flooding through the hatch and then a first bang, which was followed by the sound of breaking carbon."

Meanwhile the racing for the rest of the fleet goes on. Behind illbruck, still in leading position Tyco and Amer Sports One have split for a northerly and a southerly route. This made a difficult decision for John Kostecki and his crew. They will have remembered the situation, when approaching the finish in Auckland, News Corp and Tyco split behind and Tyco took third place away from illbruck. Kostecki decided to go north with Amer Sports One and getting closer toward News Corp, who is sailing in better breeze in the north. ASSA ABLOY and djuice are working southeast in a shifty breeze but were able to make some miles on the leading yachts. Amer Sports Too is following SEB's course and could pass very close after closing the 56 mile gap that separates them.


Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 13, 0956 GMT

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 ILBK 59 52.64S 087 05.20W 02923 062 12.7 337 0 +0 18 FEB 02 29
2 AONE 59 25.40S 088 03.24W 02947 062 11.8 341 24 +6 19 FEB 02 25
3 TYCO 60 19.36S 087 53.00W 02952 110 13.6 368 29 +2 19 FEB 02 18
4 AART 60 14.84S 088 55.08W 02981 106 13.5 373 58 -2 19 FEB 02 20
5 NEWS 59 05.84S 089 44.52W 02996 102 13.0 385 73 -3 19 FEB 02 20
6 DJCE 60 21.48S 089 27.64W 02998 103 13.6 375 75 -4 19 FEB 02 13
7 TSEB 57 29.72S 102 16.80W 03396 064 07.3 141 473 +37 28 FEB 02 13
8 ATOO 58 01.96S 103 53.12W 03441 050 12.9 277 518 +23 20 FEB 02 6
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