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VOLVO OCEAN RACE / Leg 4

illbruck takes leg four ahead if djuice and Tyco

mardi 19 février 2002Information Volvo Ocean Race

illbruck has won leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race #VolvoOceanRace into Rio de Janeiro, finishing at 05:58:42 GMT. The wind had died and left the fleet to claw their way to the finish line in a frustrating stop start fashion. ETAs were pushed further back as the wind shut off.

However, a delighted John Kostecki from illbruck said on the dock, "It feels really, really good. It was a tough leg, especially these last three days with the fleet catching up the whole time. It was some tense sailing and I think all the competitors will admit to that. We toughed it out." The tactics into the finish were tough for the entire fleet, but especially for illbruck to maintain her lead, having watched her gain shorten so quickly, "We just played it safe the whole time, played it smart. We went with the gains when we could, sometimes it paid off, sometimes it didn‚t. Sometimes we couldn‚t cover and other times it worked for us."

A very happy team on board djuice fought to their second place in the final twelve hours of the race and Knut Frostad said, "If you have been stressed watching us, imagine how it has been onboard. Unbelievable. Twelve hours ago there were three miles between second and fifth place. We made a pretty good call to gybe later than the other guys to stay nearer to the shore and realising that nobody else wanted to do it. I don’t think I slept at all during the last 30 hours. But it’s been great. I haven’t slept for 36 hours but I am pretty happy !"

Tyco came in third, leaving ASSA ABLOY becalmed just one mile from the finish. "Really good. It’s been a very strange leg. The first couple of weeks in the Southern Ocean were tough and we felt really happy about how we got through that. We got to Cape Horn in third place, but right alongside Amer Sports One, so we felt really good with that. We pretty much sailed the race we wanted to sail up the coast of Brazil and it all went strange in the last couple of days. We got into second but lost that, but at the same time we‚re happy to get third, we could have easily have been fifth," said Kevin Shoebridge on the dock at the finish.

ASSA ABLOY managed her fourth place, although for a while it appeared that Amer Sports One could have caught her on some breeze, while ASSA ABLOY was becalmed just before the finish.

Paul Cayard was disappointed with the fifth place, but expressed the wonderful experience for the entire crew, "It was tough, a lot tougher than last time. It was close all the way from the Horn ; there was never more than 40 miles between the boats. I would rather have left a better mark on the project than coming fifth", and also acknowledged that the results could have gone either way.


Volvo Ocean Race Position Report, Day 24, 1559 GMT

PS Yacht Latitude Longitude DTF CMG SMG TFHR DTL DTL-C ETA PO
- 1 ILBK 22 54.75S 043 09.40W 00000 000 00.0 000 0 +0 19 FEB 02 5:58 29
- 2 DJCE 22 55.12S 043 09.52W 00000 000 00.0 000 0 +0 19 FEB 02 11:52 17
- 3 TYCO 22 58.80S 043 08.80W 00000 000 00.0 000 0 +0 19 FEB 02 13:04 18
- 4 AART 23 00.56S 043 10.76W 00000 000 00.0 000 0 +0 19 FEB 02 14:22 20
- 5 AONE 23 14.20S 043 14.96W 00000 000 00.0 000 0 +0 19 FEB 02 14:50 22
- 6 NEWS 26 21.72S 044 41.36W 00224 332 06.8 171 0 0 20 FEB 02 23 19
- 7 ATOO 28 14.92S 045 34.96W 00346 035 12.2 255 122 -8 21 FEB 02 02 7
- 8 TSEB 53 10.16S 070 54.40W - - - - - - - 12

Overall position after four legs pending protests

PS Yacht Leg 4 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
- 2 DJCE 7 19 FEB 02 11:52:42 023d 11h 52m 42s 092d 06h 23m 59s 17 6
- 3 TYCO 6 19 FEB 02 13:04:52 023d 13h 04m 52s - 18 5
- 4 AART 5 19 FEB 02 14:22:21 023d 14h 22m 21s 089d 18h 56m 07s 20 3
- 5 AONE 4 19 FEB 02 14:50:55 023d 14h 50m 55s 086d 08h 41m 09s 22 2

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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