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VOLVO OCEAN RACE / Leg 4

High Fives For illbruck in Rio

mardi 19 février 2002Information Volvo Ocean Race

image 300 x 150Photo Rick Thomlinson
John Kostecki deserved to win this leg perhaps more than any other - it is hard to see where they put a foot wrong. And yet at one point a couple of days ago in the fickle wind conditions off the Brazilian coast, it looked as though victory could be cruelly snatched away from them. They led all the way up the South American coast, always the hunted. Now finally they can breath a sigh as they crossed the finish line at 0258 local time (0558.42 GMT). After 23 days, 5 hours, 58 minutes and 42 seconds.

When stepping ashore Kostecki said : "Being overtaken before finishing would have been devastating for us after sailing the leg so well. It happened to us before finishing in Hobart and it could have easily happened here as well." When asked for the recipe for winning he continued : "It’s because we have the best team !"

During the final approach to the finish line, the current was setting against them in virtually no wind. When the huge Code 0 sail couldn’t fill any more, the crew changed for a smaller headsail that develops less drag in the light air.

In the hot night, spectators are lining up to the sounds of a Samba band playing on the shore.

illbruck will be relieved to have evaded that uncertainty and to have extended their points margin on the rest of the fleet. Even better for them, djuice’s break for the shore away from the other three boats vying for second place appears to be paying off. If Knut Frostad’s decision to split from the pack earns him the runner-up spot here, not only will it help ease some of the pressure from his shoulders, it will put crucial points between illbruck and Amer Sports One.

The next boat is due to finish at 11.39GMT.


Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 24, 0558 GMT

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
- 1 ILBK 22 54.75S 043 09.40W 0 000 00.0 000 0 +0 19 FEB 02 29
- 2 DJCE 23 14.28S 043 30.32W 28 070 06.6 129 0 -34 19 FEB 02 17
- 3 TYCO 23 25.76S 043 33.00W 39 032 04.1 112 11 -30 19 FEB 02 18
- 4 AART 23 26.04S 043 33.12W 39 027 04.3 111 11 -31 19 FEB 02 20
- 5 AONE 23 28.16S 043 31.88W 40 014 02.8 116 12 -29 19 FEB 02 22
- 6 NEWS 26 56.16S 044 52.48W 259 021 04.4 208 231 -31 20 FEB 02 19
- 7 ATOO 29 44.52S 046 39.40W 451 022 10.6 260 423 -38 21 FEB 02 7
- 8 TSEB Retired - - - - - - - - -

Overall position after three legs pending protests

PS Yacht Leg 3 points Arrival Time Elapsed Time Combined Time PO Overall Pos.
- 1 ILBK 8 19 FEB 02 05:58:42 023d 05h 58m 42s 085d 16h 33m 38s 29 1

Leaderboard

PS Yacht Points
- 1 illbruck 29
- 2 Amer Sports One 22
- 3 ASSA ABLOY 20
- 4 News Corp 19
- 5 Tyco 18
- 6 Djuice 17
- 7 SEB 12
- 8 Amer Sports Too 7


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