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13 March 2002, 10:05 am
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Assa Abloy

Volvo Ocean Race

The immensely close racing for the lead in leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race changes the style of ocean racing. With almost 3800 miles to go, illbruck and ASSA ABLOY ended up in a luffing match like in an Olympic triangle race.
Stuart Bannatyne, watch leader on board illbruck, suspected a "personal" vendetta. Not unlikely, as the US boys Larson, Howard and Rudiger on ASSA ABLOY must be very keen to keep a good cover on their rival John Kostecki.

Even with luffing matches the leading group of Tyco, ASSA ABLOY and illbruck managed to slightly get away from the fleet. Amer Sports Too lost the least on the leaders, closing in on Amer Sports One. News Corp, djuice and SEB lost at the back of the fleet.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 5, 0358 GMT

Position Yacht DTF SMG DTL PO
1 Assa Abloy 3759 11.1 0 28
2 Team Tyco 3759 11.2 0 25
3 illbruck 3759 11.1 0 35
4 Amer Sports One 3767 10.5 8 27
5 Amer Sports Too 3769 10.9 10 11
6 News Corp 3779 10.1 20 22
7 djuice 3780 10.1 21 19
8 Team SEB 3791 9.5 32 13
Volvo Ocean Race Press/News Editor
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