At Sea. Volvo Ocean Race: At 0400 GMT Day 10 it is still ABN AMRO One leading movistar
Positions 0400 GMT Day 10
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Tuesday, 11 April 2006
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Speeds are up and 24 hour runs are nearing the 500 mile mark as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet thunders towards the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, where the sailing is expected to become tricky. Keeping the hammer down and making the most of the fast reaching conditions is the strategy at present, something that the ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson) crew is very good at. They have extended their lead over second placed movistar (Bouwe Bekking) to 45 miles and are sailing almost two knots faster.

Brasil 1 (Torben Grael) and The Black Pearl (Pirates of the Caribbean/Paul Cayard) are still squabbling over who shall have third place. Brasil 1 still has the upper hand, but both boats are very similar in performance, and they have been engaged in battle for most of today.

“It’s quite a funny thing, to come out here in the wild oceans and be right next to a boat for days on end.” explained Pirate Juggy Clougher in a radio interview today. “It adds a lot of work to your day because you are forever looking at them. You gain an inch you feel good, you lose an inch and you feel bad and you have to cope with the highs and lows every day, but it adds dimension and colour too. It makes you try harder and we are really ripping along and the sailing’s been fantastic.”

Ericsson (John Kostecki) is now out of the immediate battle for third place as she is 13 miles behind the Pirates, but her speed has been the second highest in the fleet, enabling her to attack once again during the night.

The fastest boat in the fleet is the white Dutch boat, ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) which is languishing in last place 169 nautical miles behind the leader. This young crew has been hoping desperately that luck will change and that they will, once again, be in the heat of the battle; perhaps the time has come.

As the fleet continues on its northwesterly course, the winds are constant and consistent with the trades expected, averaging 17 knots and making it extremely difficult for any one yacht to get the edge on another. At 0400 GMT, the Volvo fleet was positioned 700 nautical miles directly east of the great Orinoco river of Venezuela, which runs the length of the country and is over 1,330 miles long. The boats were almost 9 degrees north of the equator already and climbing swiftly. They are all battling to hold their places and make up precious miles on the boat ahead, which is difficult when conditions are the same for all.

Local sea temperature is 27 degrees centigrade.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 April 2006 )
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