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Strong American Presence in Volvo Ocean Race - 2001-11-10

The Volvo Ocean race sets sail again on Sunday pointing the eight-boat fleet eastward from Cape Town, South Africa, to Sydney in Australia on the second leg of their round the world journey. A strong American presence has played a major part in the race so far.

The boat to beat as the fleet leaves Africa for the Southern Ocean on Sunday, will again be first leg winner Illbruck, skippered by California's John Kostecki. With the all woman's crew also led by American Lisa McDonald, Kostecki is delighted that U.S. sailing is very much to the fore in the event.

"We have some good sailors in the States, not only the two skippers, but there are quite a handful of Americans on crew on these boats and its good to see," she says.

Lisa McDonald's crew may have finished last on leg one, but with just three months preparation, gave several other boats a real scare. Assa Abloy's skipper Roy Heiner was fired to be replaced by Lisa's British husband, Neal.

"He is still one of seven we have got to beat up on," she says. "For sure, any given situations, we will be looking around with that extra wonderment, but all in all, we have got seven boats we have got to match up against."

Now Lisa McDonald will race her husband over 5,000 nautical miles of the toughest sailing on the planet, before reaching Sydney in early December.