Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi sail to leg five victory

Volvo Ocean Race: Abu Dhabi sail to leg five victory
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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing won leg five of the Volvo Ocean Race on Monday.

Skipper Ian Walker and his crew completed the 6,776 nautical mile leg from Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil in 18 days 23 hours 30 minutes 10 seconds.

It was the team’s second win in the 12th edition of the race following their leg one triumph from Spain to South Africa.

Abu Dhabi lead the round-the-world race by seven points from Chinese syndicate Dongfeng, who failed to finish after their mast broke 200 nautical miles from Cape Horn the fifth leg.

After winning the previous leg Mapfre, skippered by Spaniard Iker Martínez, sailed across the line in second place.

They were just 32 minutes behind highlighting the tightly contested leg.

The sixth of nine legs begins on April 19 and will take the fleet from Itajai to Newport in Rhode Island.

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