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2004 Global Challenge
Portsmouth (GBR) - Buenos Aires

Barclays Adventurer is resolutely holding on to the lead today, starting their daily log in a suitably upbeat fashion:
"Morning one and all - and a beautiful sunrise it is too. It was great waking up to the 2.00am positions to find that we have extended our lead." And this morning they have squeezed another 1nm ahead of 2nd place Samsung.

After the dramatic return to life at an angle when the wind shot round from back to front, the lead yachts have put the kites back up, gradually returning to downwind conditions as the wind shifts back round to the northeast.

Team Stelmar's move inshore seems to have cost them dearly as the leaderboard shows Imagine It. Done. overtaking them and claiming 8th place. They are exactly the same distance from the leaders at 218nm off the pace, but Dee Caffari and her crew boast an average speed since the last poll of 8.4 knots - a notable 4.5 knots higher than Team Stelmar, which could be enough for them to edge in front and make 8th place their own later today.

Team Stelmar's speed must have dropped drastically overnight; with an average speed of 3.9 knots recorded at the 2am poll, they have lost 80nm in the 24 hours leading to this morning's poll. A patch of incredibly light wind hindering their course to the west of the rhumb line was probably the cause of such a sudden and frustrating loss of boat speed.

The top 7 yachts are almost into the last 1000nm of an incredibly competitive 1st leg, with SAIC La Jolla the furthest back of the pack at 122nm behind the leader. However, according Eero's summary of the leg so far in their daily log this morning, they are still aiming for a top 5 place in Buenos Aires.

The crew of Barclays Adventurer is obviously also acutely aware that the leg is far from over, assuring us that they "are totally focused and will not give up the lead without a titanic struggle."

3rd place VAIO also seem to be steeling themselves for the close racing still to come and have their sights set on the lead:

"It has been done once before, it can be done again, Barclays Adventurer and Samsung, HERE WE COME!!!"
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