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Almost on the Home Straight


A shower, a beer and a shave, are some of the things the crews are now focussing on as Cape Town draws nearer. “Every topic has been covered extensively from a variety of angels as we near the finish,” wrote Simon Fisher (ABN AMRO TWO) tonight. “Everyone is in need of a little rest and relaxation including our boat. The job list grows ever longer as time goes on too. Not only with stuff we have broken, but also stuff we need to improve before we head into the Southern Ocean,” he added.

With a shade over 600 nautical miles to go before they see the welcome sight of Table Mountain, the crew onboard ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson) are pushing the boat as hard as ever, maintaining a high speed of 18.4 knots, over two knots faster than their nearest rival, ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse). Even Ericsson (Neal McDonald) with their canting keel fixed in the centre, is managing 14 knots, but they have lost a lot of ground and are now 360 nautical miles behind the leader. Brasil 1 (Torben Grael) is now nearly 100 nm ahead of them in third position, while Sunergy and Friends (Grant Wharington) brings up the rear now 1865 nm out of touch.

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