VOR fleet arrives in Auckland
Assa Abloy with Neal McDonald at the helm, has won the third leg of the VOR from
Sydney to Auckland. New Zealanders, Richard Mason and Stu Wilson were heroes along
with the rest of the crew to the early morning cheering crowd, as they entered
Viaduct Basin, after they had crossed the finish line.
For McDonald and crew, however, this has been a great leg, having also led the
fleet into Hobart for the pit stop. On leaving Tasmania they took a more northerly
route across the Tasman Sea. Assa Abloy was the first boat to make a landfall
and once again took the most northerly route around the top of North Island, whereas
the second boat Amer Sports One had an agonisingly hard time, tacking backwards
and forwards at Cape Reinga against 3.5 knots of tide.
Last minute news ! SEB limps in to Auckland
The Volvo Ocean Race yacht SEB which damaged her rudder and had to retire from
the third leg of the race has been delivery sailed to Auckland.
SEB suffered severe rudder damages in the heavy winds of the second day of leg
3, on route for the Hobart. The crew decided to sail the boat back up to Eden,
on the south-east coast of mainland Australia, for necessary repairs and then
sailed to New Zealand. Having arrived, the boat will immediately be lifted out
of the water to be thoroughly repaired as preparation for leg 4, Aucland to
Rio de Janero, Brazil, distance of 4.450 miles, starting 27 January 2002.
Result Positions Leg three
1.ASSA ABLOY 2.Amer Sports One 3.Tyco 4. illbruck 5.News Corporation
6.Djuice 7.Amer Sports Too 8. SEB (RTD)
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