Sunday, April 09, 2006

Ericsson Stops

Until yesterday Ericsson was bearing down on Pirates creating a fight between the similar Farr boats for third place in leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

But today the gap has stretched to 20 miles and Brasil as slipped through to overtake Ericsson. What went wrong?

Something funny seemed to happen Saturday evening. Ericsson's track on Virtual Spectator stopped not once but twice. What could have caused that?

I remember being asked before the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers or ARC
"but where will you moor up for the night?" Alas, I explained, there are no nice marinas let alone bars and showers mid-Atlantic.

So given the rest option is out, what could it be? Maybe there's been a sail accident like a wrap or split, or maybe a halyard broke.

Looks like Ericsson's luck hasn't turned yet.

Graphics from wikipedia and Virtual Spectator

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