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Smoking In

It is not the leaders, ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson), who are ‘smoking in’ towards the finish, it is the chasing pack. With just 242 miles to go to the finish, it should have a stress free run in for Sanderson and his boys, but it seems that Mike Sanderson’s team has been dealt a very unfortunate weather forecast for their approach to Cape Town and Sanderson is afraid that the weather gods will be dealing out as much as 10 knots less to his team on ABN AMRO ONE.

“So yet again we are going to have them all smoke in on us… but I am a firm believer that what comes around will go around. Even though we have seen a big lead get eaten away at by just having a weather wall in front of us, I am sure that by the end of this 8 month long regatta it will all average out, and yet again, it will be the people who have the fastest, best prepared, best sailed boat that will win the Volvo Ocean Race. “

Sanderson’s team has to watch out for the ‘kids’ as they have nicknamed their team mates on ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) in second place, who in turn have to keep an eye on third placed Brasil 1 (Torben Grael). Only Ericsson (Neal McDonald) poses no threat as they race their boat gently towards the finish unable to power the boat up due to the damage sustained yesterday.

By this time tomorrow the winner of leg one should be safely tied up to the dock in Cape Town, but, in the meantime, the position reports are going to be very exciting as we watch the crews giving up miles just to stay in between their competitors and the finish line. Watching from afar and rather enviously is the team on Sunergy and Friends. “It is a little disheartening to see that the leaders will start to arrive in Cape Town sometime in the next 24 hours or so. They have had a dream run, which we have envied from afar,” wrote Campbell Field today.

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