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27 May 2002, 11:59 am
Sill Plein Fruit Retake the Lead
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Sill Plein Fruit

Regatta de Rubicon
Margherita

At 11H00, Roland Jordan (Sill Plein Fruit) has again taken control of the race after a heavy wind night. The wind, which reached gusts of 40 knots last night, is forecast to remain north-north-west with force 6-7.
The fleet, which currently sails to the north of the Balearic Islands (except Kingfisher which passes by the south) should benefit from the Tramontana and the Mistral which blows in the Gulf of Lions to speed their progress. With less than 400 miles to the finish in Santa Margherita, Italy the race is fierce between the three first who are racing within sight of each other.

The finish installed Monday morning in Santa Margherita, awaits the first competitors expected to arrive Tuesday in the mid-afternoon, if the current conditions are maintained. 3 to 4 miles separate Sill Plein Fruit with Bobst Group-Armor Lux. The racing is very close and with only small differences between the first three there is sure to be a tight finish at the at the line at the bottom of the gulf of Genoa. Another depression, centered on Italy generates a strong southerly flow. In contrast to normal, Santa Margherita awoke under a buckled sky and a slightly agitated sea. But the tranquille Italian atmosphere remains intact. The pretty port of Santa Margherita, with luxury yachts and small fish trawlers side by side, awaits the finish of the Regatta de Rubicon.

Position Report 11:00 hours

Position Boat Distanceto Finish Distance to Leader
1 Sill Plein Fruit 373.3 0
2 Bobst Group Armor Lux 376.6 3.3
3 Temenos 387 13.7
4 Tiscali 409.7 36.3
5 Kingfisher 449.3 76


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