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Volvo Ocean Race - end of Atlantic leg

As it was anticipated John Kostecki and the crew of illbruck have crossed the finish line first at La Rochelle in France through a flotilla of spectator craft that gathered at the finish line at 13:44 GMT on 10th May 2002.
This sets the end of a remarkable Atlantic crossing in just over 10 days. Winning this leg puts illbruck on top of the podium for the fourth time in the nine leg long Volvo Ocean Race.

The victory on leg seven was an important step for the illbruck challenge towards securing overall victory in the Volvo Ocean Race. Still there are 16 points to be rewarded for the next two legs and the next competitor Assa Abloy is just eight points behind.

The daily run of 484 miles (to be ratified as a world record) is the icing on the cake of victory and will be celebrated by the sailing team and around 100 illbruck guests that are already awaiting the yacht in La Rochelle on a foggy and wet day.

Overall Results Leg Seven
1. ILBRUCK (49) 2. Assa Abloy (41) 3. Amer Sports One (36). 4. News Corp (34) 5.Tyco (33) 6.Team SEB (26) 7. Djuice (23) 8. Amer Sports Too (Retired)


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