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Volvo Ocean Race - finish leg 5 Miami

Assa Abloy snatched the lead from illbruck in the final stretch to the finish line in Miami to win the fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.
With British skipper Neal McDonald at the helm and American navigator calling the shots, the lead yacht crossed the finish line on 27 March 2002 at 05:49 morning. Securing their second race win, second place in the overall standings and significantly closing the gap between themselves and illbruck, the current overall leader.
Assa Abloy was always in contact with illbruck throughout the leg and for several days led the fleet. However, illbruck broke from fleet and managed to pull out a significant lead that looked reasonably secure. But, in the closing stages of the race, Assa Abloy left Tyco, their long time shadow, behind to concentrate on catching illbruck. Assa Abloy was able to benefit from illbruck's lack of light air spinnaker, and consequently take control of the race to the finish line.

Position Report leg 5 and total points:
1.Assa Abloy (28), 2.Ilbruck (36), 3.Tyco (24), 4.Team News (24), 5.Seb (16),
6.Amer Sport One (25) 7.Djuice (19), 8.Amer Sport Two (8).


1/4/2002

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