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Green Dragon sits in fifth in Volvo Ocean Race

Updated: Monday, 17 Nov 2008 17:18

Green Dragon lies in fifth place in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race
Green Dragon lies in fifth place in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race

The joint Irish and Chinese boat Green Dragon is currently running in fifth place in the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.

After a slow start to Leg 2, the fleet are now roaring along as they try and stay hooked into the low pressure system from the south.

The system is thrusting the fleet east in reaching 20 – 25 knot conditions as they head towards the scoring gate at 58 degrees east.

Whilst Ericsson 4 and Ericsson 3 are the most southerly boats, Green Dragon is sandwiched in the middle, with the two Telefoncia boats and PUMA to the north of them.

Volvo Ocean Race expert Mark Chisnell said: 'One note of caution, the leaderboard still slightly favours boats to the north, while most of the tacticians would prefer a position to the south, so bear that in mind when you’re assessing the fleet positions.

'In this morning's run through the Deckman for Windows weather routing, you can clearly see the anti-clockwise rotation of the Indian Ocean High to the east of the spider's web of the five day isochrone.

'That's what the low pressure is butting up against. The Predicted Route for the optimum way to Cochin (or at least to the Chagos Islands, which are on the historical optimum route) is to hold to the starboard gybe for another day or two, before looking for the exit ramp, and gybing north.'

Leg Two Day Three: 1300 GMT Volvo Ocean Race Positions
(boat name/country/skipper/nationality/distance to finish)
Telefónica Blue ESP (Bouwe Bekking/NED) DTF 3928 nm
PUMA Racing Team USA (Ken Read/USA) + 6
Telefónica Black ESP (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) +11
Ericsson 3 SWE (Anders Lewander/SWE) + 14
Green Dragon IRL/CHN (Ian Walker/GBR) + 17
Ericsson 4 SWE (Torben Grael/BRA) + 30
Delta Lloyd IRL (Roberto Bermudez/ESP) + 56
Team Russia RUS (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT) + 60

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