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11 March 2002, 10:01 am
News Corp Extends Lead
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Tyco leads djuice

Volvo Ocean Race
Rio de Janeiro

While the seven yachts of the main pack are tightly grouped together, News Corp managed to extend her lead further inshore.
News Corp could still gain from the early advantage of the weaker Brazilian current closer to the coast of Brazil. Once Jez Fanstone decides to go further offshore, this advantage should be equalized.

Further offshore, djuice is holding pace with Tyco and ASSA ABLOY, both yachts that have been fast in these particular conditions on previous legs. Illbruck is back in contact with the leaders of this pack after finding herself in a very unusual last position after a collision and sail problems. Amer Sports One dropped from second just six hours ago to seventh, but has not reported any technical problems. SEB and Amer Sports Too are racing each other at the back of the fleet, fighting hard to stay with the fleet. In the reaching conditions the yachts gain by quick reaction to little puffs and through adapting properly to small wind shifts. They are sailing in a 15-knot easterly breeze.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 3, 0358 GMT

Position Yacht DTF SMG DTL DTL-C PO
1 News Corp 4227 10.3 0 0 27
2 Team Tyco 4250 10.1 23 1 25
3 djuice 4252 10 25 3 23
4 Assa Abloy 4252 9.9 25 2 25
5 Illbruck 4253 10.1 26 1 33
6 Amer Sports One 4254 9.4 27 7 25
7 Amer Sports Two 4257 9.6 30 5 9
8 Team SEB 4257 9.7 30 3 13

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