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28 January 2002, 10:36 am
Fleet Closes on East Cape
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Tyco Lead

Volvo Ocean Race
Auckland

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet have bunched up together close to the coast at East Cape as they struggle to beat around the point in the predicted lighter winds.
Tyco still leads the fleet and has just rounded East Cape some half a mile off the point, with Amer Sports One close behind and also round, followed by djuice. illbruck has opted for a slightly more offshore route, and is around two miles from the coast in marginally less breeze. News Corp, SEB and ASSA ABLOY still have to put in some more tacks to make it round, but are nevertheless in the same light winds as the leaders. Amer Sports Too has yet to sail into this lighter air and is currently sailing in around 10 knots of wind.

With the high pressure predicted to move to towards the east later today, winds are expected to pick up a little to around 15 knots with possible showers.

Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 2, 0359 GMT:

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
1 TYCO 37 42.40S 178 33.88E 06512 120 07.4 174 0 0 19 FEB 02 12
2 AONE 37 41.00S 178 34.00E 06514 116 07.6 175 2 0 19 FEB 02 18
3 DJCE 37 40.24S 178 33.88E 06515 119 07.7 174 3 +1 19 FEB 02 10
4 ILBK 37 39.84S 178 35.16E 06516 115 07.6 176 4 +2 19 FEB 02 21
5 TSEB 37 38.68S 178 33.04E 06516 117 07.6 173 4 +1 19 FEB 02 11
6 NEWS 37 38.56S 178 31.76E 06517 107 07.2 171 5 +2 19 FEB 02 16
7 AART 37 36.60S 178 29.96E 06519 103 07.3 170 7 +2 19 FEB 02 15
8 ATOO 37 34.80S 178 23.12E 06524 119 08.1 166 12 -3 19 FEB 02 5
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