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5 May 2002, 11:24 am
An Abundance of Wind and Water
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illbruck leading

Volvo Ocean Race

Sailing in 28 – 35 knots of wind with masthead spinnaker, staysail and full main sail is not for the faint hearted. As reported from Team SEB at midnight, it is a ‘bit hairy’ when the gusts are coming in at 43 knots.

All the fleet have made miles on the leader Illbruck in the last six hours. Most miles made to the leader are by Tyco who not only gained fourteen but are now standing in second place, one mile ahead of ASSA ABLOY. SEB are the most southerly yacht in the fleet and gained 13 miles on the front of the pack.

With some 1200 nautical miles to go still to La Rochelle everyone and everything on board the yachts is wet, cold and smelly. Most crew members are already looking forward to a hot bath, clean sweet smelling clothes and some fine French cuisine.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 8, 0358 GMT

Position Yacht DTF CMG DTL PO
1 ILBK 1202 65 0 49
2 TYCO 1222 69 20 34
3 AART 1223 65 21 40
4 TSEB 1244 83 42 26
5 NEWS 1265 55 63 35
6 AONE 1270 62 68 35
7 DJCE 1273 63 71 23
8 ATOO 4512 0 3310 10
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