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Illbruck wins Volvo Ocean Race

An ocean race of epic proportions reached its final conclusion, after 32,700 miles of racing. Winners, losers, glory and defeat, this race has seen it all. A script for an ending such as this could not have been written better. Djuice, the boat that struggled all the way around the planet claimed the last leg victory while illbruck took the overall race win in a convincing manner.

Figures about the number of spectators vary from 50.000 to 100.000 and the boats on the Kieler Foerde were so tightly packed that one could have crossed the water on dry feet.

The illbruck Challenge crew finished in Kiel to an enthusiastic reception from friends, family, illbruck employees and customers and the thousands of German sailing fans who have been following the team since the race started
The first place on this ultimate leg of the Volvo Ocean Race is a big reward for the endurance djuice has shown in their difficult sail around the world. Stricken by gear failure on the first leg and slow boat speed in spite of endless hours of two boat sail testing in the remaining legs djuice managed a second place on the fourth leg to Rio as their second top result. Finally they have overtaken Scandinavian rival SEB, who they put to seventh place in the eight-strong fleet after the disastrous losses of their rudder and mast in the Southern Ocean.

Kostecki receives speed trophy
John Kostecki, skipper of illbruck Challenge, the overall winning team of the Volvo Ocean Race was presented with the prestigious EDS 24-hour Monohull World Speed Record Trophy at a special prize giving ceremony yesterday at the Yacht Club de France in Paris. illbruck smashed the previously held 24-hour record during Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race with a run of 484 nautical miles, adding another 16 miles to Bernard Stamm's previously held 2000 record.


Leaderboard:
1 illbruck 61 points 2 ASSA ABLOY 55 points 3 Amer Sports One 44 points
4 Tyco 42 points 5 News Corp 41 points 6 Djuice 33 points 7 Team SEB 32 points
8 Amer Sports Too 16 points
 


16/6/2002

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