With or without spoons, chase goes on

Volvo log

Sailing

March 22, 2002|By Chris Larson | Chris Larson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ABOARD ASSA ABLOY - We're continuing to charge our way north toward Barbuda. Winds have been steady for the past two days, allowing us to make good speed toward the finish.

We are working hard to claw our way back toward illbruck. She is approximately 10 miles ahead, and we gained two miles in the last report. Tyco is now six miles behind us. We need to be patient and be ready for the next opportunity to pass illbruck. This should be in a few days when we have to deal with an approaching front making its way through the Bahamas.

On the lighter side, for the past few days we have been sharing 1 Alpha (Spoon #1) and 2 Alpha (Spoon #2) among the 12 team members, but things have really gone over the top.

We are trying to develop a spoon that works on the same principle as the float for your key chain. It's now certain that 1 Alpha will be fitted with a lanyard to prevent any further disruption in the team's eating habits.

Larson, tactician aboard Swedish entry ASSA ABLOY in the Volvo Ocean Race, will provide periodic updates as the fleet heads for the United States.

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