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18 March 2002, 11:23 am
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Volvo Ocean Race

The whole fleet has entered the northern hemisphere trade wind belt and accelerated to exhilarating speeds of up to 20 knots.
The close racing between illbruck, ASSA ABLOY and Tyco we saw over the last days in the 10-knot boat speed range has been carried forward to the 20-knot range. The yachts are in full planning condition on a northwesterly course with the kite up and the wind coming over the starboard quarter with 20 to 25 knots. The bows are searching for the perfect path in the ever-changing landscape of the four meter high waves. The bows dig up the 28 degree C warm water and rush it back, giving the crews a welcome soaking in the tropical heat.

SEB, Amer Sports Too, Amer Sports One and News Corp are spread over a line perpendicular to their course and it is a very open race for all of them to go for the places four to seven. Djuice has finally sped up as well and is trailing the leading yacht illbruck by almost 150 miles.

The trade winds are well established all the way to the West Indies and with the current speed, the leaders should cover the 1300 miles to Barbuda in less than four days

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 10, 0958 GMT

Position Yacht DTF DTL PO
1 illbruck 2460 0 37
2 Assa Abloy 2463 3 27
3 Team Tyco 2468 8 24
4 Team SEB 2516 56 17
5 Amer Sports Too 2554 94 11
6 Amer Sports One 2567 107 25
7 News Corp 2584 124 21
8 djuice 2609 149 18
Volvo Ocean Race Press/News Editor
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