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Volvo Ocean Race arrives to Rio de Janeiro

John Kostecki and his illbruck team have won the fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. They crossed the finish line on 19 February 2002 at 05:58 GMT after 23 days, 5 hours, 58 minutes and 42 seconds at sea. In the heat of the night, spectators lined the dockside to enjoy the sounds of a Samba band playing on the shore.

When stepping ashore Kostecki said: "Being overtaken before finishing would have been devastating for us after sailing the leg so well. It happened to us before finishing in Hobart and it could have easily happened here in Rio as well."
During the final approach to the finish line, the current was setting against them in virtually no wind. When the huge Code 0 sail couldn't fill any more, the crew changed for a smaller headsail that develops less drag in the light air.
illbruck will be relieved to have extended their points margin on the rest of the fleet.
it will put crucial points between illbruck and Amer Sports One.

Position Report:
1.ILBRUCK - 2.DJUICE - 3.TYCO - 4.ASSA ABLOY - 5.AMER SPORT ONE
6.TEAM NEWS CORP - 7.AMER SPORT TOO - 8.TSEB (Retired broken mast)


24/2/2002

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