At Sea. Volvo Ocean Race: At 1000 GMT the real battle is between Pirates of the Caribbean & Brasil 1
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Monday, 10 April 2006
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With the Doldrums now history for the majority of the boats racing in leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race, it’s straight line sailing and, with little strategy involved, speed is king. It will not be until the fleet approaches the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay that opportunities arise for tactical decisions.

At the head of the fleet, ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson) is almost untouchable in these fast reaching conditions and movistar (Bouwe Bekking), although also a quick boat, is struggling to keep in touch with her and the Dutch yacht is now 31 nautical miles ahead. At 0400 GMT this morning, ABN AMRO ONE had logged the first 24 hour run of over 400 nautical miles on this leg, clocking up 413. This has now risen to 447 with the rest of the fleet also managing over 400 nm in the last 24 hours.

The battle for third place on this leg has intensified between Brasil 1 (Torben Grael) and Pirates of the Caribbean (Paul Cayard). Last night, Paul Cayard reported that his team had been in sight of Brasil 1 all day yesterday and that they had been making slow but steady gains on the Pirates. “We have tried everything: different sails, different trim and shapes, different helmsmen. They are just one mile away, so we can see what sails they have upand they appear to be the same as ours, but yet they are going a bit faster.”

Brasil 1 overtook The Black Pearl at 2200 GMT last night and by 0400 GMT this morning she was eight miles ahead and has maintained this position for the last six hours, but is sailing slightly faster.

ABN AMRO ONE is currently 440 nautical miles off the coast of French Guiana. Ericsson (John Kostecki) is the most westerly yacht and is inshore of Pirates of the Caribbean and Brasil 1. Movistar is following the exact track of ABN AMRO ONE, while ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) has slipped another seven miles and is now 156 miles astern of her sistership.
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