RI skipper Ken Read guides Puma to epic win in 5th leg of the Volvo Around the World Ocean Race stage
ITAJAI, Brazil (AP) - After 20 days of sailing through some of
the toughest conditions imaginable, Puma won the Volvo Ocean Race's
fifth stage by just 12 minutes on Friday.
Puma collected 30 vital points, holding off overall race leader
Telefonica, which chased all the way up the South American coast to
the Brazilian port of Itajai despite earlier having to stop for 17
hours to fix a damaged hull.
An epic leg that left the fleet battered and broken was decided
by the ice-cool nerve of 50-year-old American skipper Ken Read.
With the dramatic "match race" being watched by thousands of
fans on shore, Read repeatedly blocked the route of Telefonica,
which had caught up with the leaders after trailing by more than
400 nautical miles following the pit-stop in Cape Horn.
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