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The 5 Class 1 Open 60's in Around Alone are within 3 degrees of the Equator line and from tonight will one by one cross back over to the Northern Hemisphere for the first time since the end of October 2002. However it is the skippers themselves now who are being put to the extreme physical test, as temperatures soar to 97 F and the breeze comes and goes from whatever direction it pleases.

Current Leg and overall leader, Swiss skipper Bernard Stamm on Bobst Group - Armor Lux, is being hotly pursued still by Italian skipper Simone Bianchetti on Tiscali over to the West. In Class 2, leader Brad Van Liew on Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America took the inside track on the left hand bend around Brazil and has overtaken Pindar at the back of the Class 1 fleet.  more...


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