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The final 1,500 miles of Leg 5 of Around Alone 2002-03 is shaping up to be the most exciting racing. Latest news is that Italian skipper Simone Bianchetti, currently in 2nd place on Tiscali, and vying for 3rd place overall with Emma Richards on Pindar, has spent the last 24 hours repeatedly climbing up to the top of the mast after a segment of the mainsail track on the mast came away yesterday afternoon.

The British skipper herself is on the attack and gaining on her main rival in their battle for the overall podium. Pindar is still positioned furthest to the East as Richards makes the most of the steady easterly breeze to catch up on Tiscali and remove a boat or to between them.

According to distance to finish American Bruce Schwab on Ocean Planet and Frenchman Thierry Dubois on Solidaires lie in between Emma Richards and her target still. Schwab is hand-steering his narrow Open 60 over to the West, still making 9 - 10 knots boatspeed.   more...


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