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19 March 2002, 09:43 am
What Does She Have?
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illbruck photo:Rick Tomlinson

Volvo Ocean Race

We can only ask ourselves again what does she have? Once more we are watching illbruck increase her distance on all around her in the Volvo Ocean Race.
illbruck has put even more miles between herself and her nearest competitors in the last few hours, extending her leading to 12 nautical miles over second placed ASSA ABLOY. Tyco is one of the few yachts to have held her own and not lost any distance over the last six hours, she remains 15 nautical miles behind the leader, which is opening up the fight for second place once more, with only three miles separating ASSA ABLOY and Tyco.

Whilst the back runners can just sit and hope they will soon be in the trade winds, illbruck is speeding off with a speed over the last 24 hours of 14 knots. Compare this to djuice's run of just 9.1 knots and it is clear to see why she is increasing her lead once more.

The jostling for places continues too further back in the fleet, with Amer Sports One hot on the heels of SEB, closing the distance by the minute, while News Corp is just 11 miles behind Amer Sports Too, the girls who have sailed better than ever this leg will be pushing hard to avoid loosing their current sixth position. Whether djuice is out of the doldrums or not remains to be seen, although her 24hour speed is disappointing, she'll be pleased (and relieved) now that she is making consistently 13 and 14 knots.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 11, 0359 GMT

Position Yacht DTF CMG SMG DTL PO
1 ILBK 2208 299 14 0 37
2 AART 2220 303 13.3 12 27
3 TYCO 2223 301 13.9 15 24
4 TSEB 2305 317 11.5 97 17
5 AONE 2340 308 12.6 132 26
6 ATOO 2365 305 10.1 157 10
7 NEWS 2376 299 10.9 168 21
8 DJCE 2421 301 12.7 213 18

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