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12 February 2002, 09:49 am
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Volvo Ocean Race

The Falkland Islands are right between two schools of thought with illbruck leading the westerly pack of Tyco, News Corp and ASSA ABLOY and Amer Sports One leading djuice on the eastern side.

Amer Sports One has gained three miles on illbruck since the last position report, and both she and djuice have been maintaining higher boat speeds of one to two knots more over the period.

According to illbruck, this split decision has been caused by two of the weather models disagreeing. One indicated that she should stay on course, or even slightly high and wait for a front to bring some running conditions and the other showed that they should reach into the back of the old front and avoid the light spot between the two. Time will tell which was the right decision.

Amer Sports Too has under a 100 miles to Cape Horn and should round later today.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 17, 0359 GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 ILBK 50 14.68S 060 26.88W 01830 040 10.6 234 0 0 19 FEB 02 29
2 AONE 51 59.24S 057 44.28W 01870 045 11.5 294 40 -3 19 FEB 02 25
3 TYCO 51 14.52S 061 14.24W 01896 032 09.7 241 66 +5 19 FEB 02 18
4 DJCE 52 28.56S 058 14.84W 01905 049 11.3 282 75 -1 19 FEB 02 15
5 NEWS 51 24.72S 061 41.56W 01914 035 09.5 233 84 +6 19 FEB 02 20
6 AART 51 26.60S 061 59.08W 01922 036 09.5 228 92 +6 19 FEB 02 18
7 ATOO 56 42.64S 070 00.92W 02354 095 12.0 260 524 -4 21 FEB 02 7
8 TSEB 55 31.40S 084 28.72W 02833 086 06.6 165 1003 +25 01 MAR 0 12
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