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Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006
Across The Equator
Lizzie GREEN (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Brasil 1's efforts have been paying off over the past twelve hours:© Brasil 1, 09 April 2006
The whole Volvo Ocean fleet have crossed the equator are into the Northern Hemisphere, as they race towards Baltimore, USA and the leg five finish. ABN AMRO ONE continues to lead by just over ten miles, with the last twelve hours seeing the black boat and movistar extend the gap back to the chasing pack, now headed by Brasil 1.
The existing north east trade
winds are allowing the fleet to maintain a direct north westerly course towards Baltimore. At this moment in time, the Volvo 70’s are positioned in three clusters.
To the east, Bouwe BEKKING’s (NED) movistar
and Sebastien JOSSE’s (FRA) ABN AMRO TWO
continue to pursue the trail of ABN AMRO ONE and Mike SANDERSON (NZL)
. In the middle of the group, John KOSTECKI’s (USA) Ericsson
is tracking the path of Paul CAYARD
’s (USA) Pirates of the Caribbean
. Meanwhile, Torben GRAEL
’s (BRA) Brasil 1
has ventured 20 miles further west of the fleet.
This tactical manoeuvre by the Brazilians seems to have paid off. In the last six hours Brasil 1
have managed to gain yet another step up the current
leg leaderboard, by fighting their way past Pirates of the Caribbean
to take third position.
King Neptune has so far allowed the fleet a gentle, but steady passage
through this notorious patch of ocean, where lack of wind
can sometimes keep boats floundering for days. Fortunately, the equatorial current
should now be running in the same direction as the fleet, also helping them on their way north west.
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