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24 March 2002, 01:23 pm
Blow For illbruck
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Volvo Ocean Race

Last night illbruck lost her light air running gennaker when a squall came through during a gybe. This sail is essential for downwind work in light air condition and could proof decisive during the last days to the finish.

Tyco and ASSA ABLOY gained some miles on the leading German yacht and will see their chance increasing to challenge illbruck, as illbruck is materially disadvantaged from now on.

Amer Sports One and News Corp made the biggest gains and are less than 100 miles behind the leading yacht. With the wind running light and patchy around the finish in Miami in two days time they could well get back into the game for the podium places. Djuice managed to reduce the distance to Amer Sports Too, who has just two miles left of a cushion of over 50 miles less than a week ago.

As most of the Bahamas have to be left on port, the yachts will take advantage of the northwest going Antilles Current, giving them another 10 miles per day towards the finish.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 16, 1000 GMT

Position Yacht DTF CMG SMG DTL PO
1 illbruck 675 302 8 0 37
2 Team Tyco 700 268 10 25 25
3 Assa Abloy 701 269 10 26 26
4 Team SEB 747 280 9.9 72 17
5 Amer Sports One 768 275 11 93 26
6 News Corp 771 275 11.2 96 22
7 Amer Sports Too 836 297 9.3 161 9
8 djuice 838 283 10.1 163 18
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