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Final view of Baltimore

Volvo Ocean Race

Fleet ready for the Start in Annapolis
The eight-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now based in Annapolis having paraded down the Chesapeake Bay on Friday 26th April from Baltimore, the port of arrival from Miami.

The last long, transocean leg will start from Annapolis on Sunday, April 28th.

Departure: Annapolis, USA, Sunday April 28th
Start time: 1300 local time
Distance: 3,400 nautical miles

Estimated arrival time for the fleet in La Rochelle, France is 11 May 2002. The starting line will be approximately 400 yards wide, set ½ mile north of the William P Lane Jr memorial bridges (the Bay Bridge).

There will be a ½ mile corridor to separate the spectator fleet from the competitors.

There will be no turning mark, but a gate will be set 6 ½ miles from the starting line.

To prevent the fleet from sailing into the ice zone off Newfoundland, the Race Committee has set a prohibited area in the North Atlantic into which the fleet is not permitted to enter. This area is an obstruction. This prohibited area is defined by the area inside the parallels of lat and meridians of longitude, 40 degrees north, 58 degrees north, 45 degrees west, 51 degrees west.

The sailing instructions for this leg can be downloaded from

Weather forcast for Sunday, April 28th 2002:
SW winds 20 knots. Waves two feet. Chance of showers.

The prize giving for leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race from Miami to Baltimore was held in Baltimore on Thursday, April 25. The winners are as follows:

Sjoo Sandstrom Seamanship Award: Damien Duke/Team News Corp.

Walenius Wilhemsen Communication Award - Klaartje Zuiderbaan/Amer Sports Two.

Sjoo Sandstrom Best 24 hour run - News Corp 294.9 nautical miles.

Waterford Crystal Trophy third place: Assa Abloy Racing Team.

Waterford Crystal Trophy second place: Amer Sports One.

Waterford Crystal Trophy first place: Team News Corp.
Volvo Ocean Race Press/News Editor
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