SEB has split from the fleet but illbruck and Assa Abloy are closing up

Thanks to the swift response from the RAAF who delivered fresh medical supplies to Amer Sports One, Keith Kilpatrick’s stomach condition is stable. However, he will be transferred to hospital as soon as possible.

In the meantime the fierce battle for the lead in leg two of the Volvo Ocean Race continues. Twenty four hours ago there were two different views on short-term tactics among the navigators. Marcel van Triest of leading yacht SEB opted for a northerly approach, splitting from the main pack even though they were ahead by 16 miles over illbruck. Assa Abloy, illbruck, djuice and News Corp went to the east instead. The yachts are now converging towards a point on 100 E and are all within 16 miles.

Amer Sports Too, at the back of the fleet, is in stronger conditions and are averaging five knots higher speed than leading SEB.

VPosition Report, Day 12, 1600 GMT


2 ILBK (3 miles from leader)

3 AART (7 miles from leader)

4 DJCE (10 miles from leader)

5 NEWS (16 miles from leader)

6 AONE (182 miles from leader)

7 ATOO (550 miles from leader)

8 TYCO (rtd)