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Volvo Race, Miami - Baltimor

Chaos reigned at the Miami restart as six of the V.O.60 fleet crossed the line prematurely yesterday. After an individual recall, the six had to return and re-cross the start line. The girls team, Amer Sports Too and ASSA ABLOY made a clear start and led the fleet into Leg 6, from Miami to Baltimor the shortest leg in the whole race 875 miles in total.

The general consensus was that the Gulf Stream Drift will be a significant factor in the first 200 miles of this leg to Baltimore. The trick was to find this current and endeavor to ride it for as long as it remains favorable to the course

The yacht News Corp had their first win in the Volvo Ocean Race on the 18th April morning. They finished the sixth leg from Miami to Baltimore less than three miles ahead of Amer Sports One and Assa Abloy.
The three leading boats got ahead of illbruck two days ago, in the early stages of this three-day leg, and since then have been jousting with each other. Grant Dalton's Amer Sports One was always a threat, but News Corp found that extra bit of wind yesterday afternoon to draw ahead and kept it as they gybed downwind to the finish under main and spinnaker. Race leaders ILLBRUCK, meanwhile, have had to settle for an unaccustomed 4th place.
 


21/4/2002

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