The scoring gate at Cape Horn is now just over 1100 nautical miles ahead of the fleet and with 3.5 points on offer here for the first boat, it is an anxious time onboard the fleet of Volvo 70s. A new weather system is approaching from behind and it is moving only a little quicker than the leaders. This is an ideal situation for the boats behind, Ericsson Racing Team (Neal McDonald) and ABN AMRO TWO (Sebastien Josse) to make gains.
ABN AMRO TWO is currently making 24 knots of boat speed and her 24 hour run is the healthiest of the fleet at 467 nautical miles. Brasil 1 (Torben Grael), positioned as the most northerly boat in the fleet, 114 nautical miles from ABN AMRO ONE (Mike Sanderson) the most southerly of the fleet, is making 23 knots. At this rate, Cape Horn will loom in approximately two day’s time.
Brasil 1 has pulled away from Ericsson Racing Team and is now 50 miles ahead, but movistar (Bouwe Bekking) has suffered some losses. “How the mood can swing within 24 hours,” wrote Bouwe Bekking today, adding, “Not feeling at all like writing something, as we have lost ground. For the first time in the race, I have a little knot in my stomach, just have to stay relaxed and believe in the boat and the crew.”
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