MOMENT OF TRUTH AT HAND AS FLEET SPLITS FIJI

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Tony Mutter drives Ericsson 4 past rain clouds.

Photo: Guy Salter/ Ericsson Racing Team

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Feb. 27, 2009) – The first two weeks of Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race have been both thrilling (the initial days out of China) and monotonous (blast reaching through the trade winds).

Today, intrigue enters the lexicon because the fleet has split as it navigates past Fiji, the island nation archipelago that consists of about 322 islands.

Ericsson Racing Team’s two yachts, which two days ago held first and second on the leaderboard, have relinquished the top spots due to their decision to sail east of the archipelago and, in particular, Vanua Levu, which lies to the north/northeast of Fiji.

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