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ILLBRUCK breaks 24-hour record

From 1534 GMT April 29 until the same time today illbruck has covered 473 miles (19,708 knots) and thus broken the 24-hour monohull world record that was held by Bernard Stamm on the Open 60 Armor Lux (467.70 nautical miles, 19.49 knots average speed).
This record is still provisional and has to be ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Council at the International Sailing Federation. SEB has held the V.O.60 class record since leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race and has now equalled this mileage. Assa Abloy, Tyco and Amer Sports One are not far off the pace. At the time all the yachts are sailing faster than 24 hours ago and it is possible that they will beat their own records over the next few hours.

Amer Sports Too breaks mast !
In the late afternoon of 1 May Amer Sports Too, the all girl entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, was dismasted while sailing in moderate conditions. No-one was injured and there is enough mast left - about 10 metres - to set up a reasonable jury rig.
But the dilemma facing the girls is whether to push on the 2,500 miles to La Rochelle and risk not arriving in time for repairs and the re-start or turning round and heading for Halifax and have the boat shipped to France and re-rigged with the spare mast.
However, with strong westerly winds forecast conditions are not perfect for beating to windward with a jury rig, which should be able to power them downwind fast enough to be in La Rochelle within little over 2 weeks.


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