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21 March 2002, 10:05 pm
The Battle Rages On
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Volvo Ocean Race

Private battles are now the name of the game as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet ploughs on towards the turning point at Barbuda, 230 nautical miles ahead.

Every boat is now fighting battles with her nearest rivals and these seemingly small numbers of miles take on extra importance as the leg progresses. ASSA ABLOY and Tyco have both taken two miles out of illbruck's lead whilst the B-fleet also makes gains. ASSA ABLOY and Tyco are ready for them, but at the same time they are keeping up their barrage of attacking moves on the race leaders illbruck.

The points scored on this leg of the race are now likely to have a significant effect on the overall outcome of the race. Should the finishing order remain as it is now out on the racetrack, illbruck with a score in the 30s will have a clear 10-point lead over her rivals. Second place could be what the rest of the fleet will fight for as the race returns to the extremely tidal waters of Europe. Given the current standings, there is only one point between second and third place. If Amer Sports One manages to over take SEB, and if ASSA ABLOY remains in her current slot, then these two will be in equal second place overall. What an exciting leg the short and strenuous leg six from Miami to Baltimore will be.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 13, 1600 GMT

Position Yacht DTF CMG SMG DTL PO
1 ILBK 1391 304 13.3 0 37
2 AART 1406 305 13.8 15 27
3 TYCO 1409 307 13.6 18 24
4 TSEB 1516 300 14.1 125 17
5 AONE 1553 294 13.3 162 26
6 NEWS 1573 298 13.8 182 22
7 ATOO 1588 303 12.9 197 9
8 DJCE 1627 308 12.6 236 18
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