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14 February 2002, 10:01 am
Chasing illbruck To Rio
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Volvo Ocean Race

With Tyco having closed some distance on Amer Sports One in the last 12 hours, the race is tight for second place, and both boats are now pushing illbruck hard having closed 11 miles on her since the last position report.
Tyco reported fresh breeze earlier, which had given them this gain on Amer Sports One, but were expecting to lose a little back to them as the breeze fills across towards her some 70 nautical miles further east. Both Amer Sports One and djuice have tried to edge a little further to the west towards the fleet to hook into the stronger pressure quickly. ASSA ABLOY and News Corp to the west have lost a few knots of windspeed over the last couple of hours.

Amer Sports Too has been flying and gained 31 nautical miles on race leader, illbruck, in the last six hours.

Report from Tyco
I've had a shocker

Things are getting interesting as we close on Rio, with only 1350 miles to go and the fleet is still very close as far as distance to sail goes. There is a big spread east to west with News Corp and djuice being over 200 apart [from the boats in the west]. Someone is right and someone will be wrong, but I imagine we are still a few days away from knowing the outcome.

Our latest sked [position report] was a good one with gains on all the fleet. We have closed on Dalts [Grant Dalton - Amer Sports One] to less than 5 miles. We expect to lose a little to him soon, as the fresh breeze we have enjoyed will probably fill [across] to him.

Personally I have had a shocking 24 hours. It started with a blocked toilet yesterday. This was followed by being drowned by 10 gallons of water coming in through a cockpit vent and landing on me in my bunk.

Just after I had changed into my dry gear in the nav station, another 5 gallons came in that hatch; so I was soaked again. To finish the day, I found my gear bag floating in the bilge mixed with a cup of diesel.

I am looking forward to tomorrow; wonderful sport this, I couldn't think of anything else I'd rather be doing.

Bye for now
Shoeb [Kevin Shoebridge]


Position Report - 14 February 2002 - 0421 GMT
Yacht Name DTF DTL DTLC CMG SMG VMG ETA
1 illbruck 1267 0 0 13 10.2 12.5 19 FEB 02 04:37 GMT
2 Amer Sports One 1325 58 -11 1 12.7 12.4 19 FEB 02 10:10 GMT
3 Tyco 1330 63 -11 41 12.5 12.4 19 FEB 02 10:43 GMT
4 ASSA ABLOY 1356 89 -6 41 11.6 12.3 19 FEB 02 13:05 GMT
5 djuice 1357 90 -10 2 12.5 12.3 19 FEB 02 13:04 GMT
6 News Corporation 1365 98 0 43 10.6 12.3 19 FEB 02 14:00 GMT
7 Amer Sports Too 1775 508 -31 47 16.2 11.3 21 FEB 02 04:58 GMT
8 SEB 2531 1264 19 90 7.6 9.6 28 FEB 02 05:22 GMT



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