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Yachting: Camper leads Volvo Ocean Race fleet

Yachting: Camper leads Volvo Ocean Race fleet

SANYA, China: Camper led the Volvo Ocean Race fleet through the dangerous "black tide" current of the South China Sea on Wednesday, as the six teams made painful progress on the fourth leg to New Zealand. The Camper boat, crewed by Team New Zealand, led Chinese Team Sanya by 5.6 nautical miles at 1000 GMT as the boats headed east, banking on stronger breeze to get them out of the appalling sea conditions as quickly as possible. Abu Dhabi were third, followed by French team Groupama, overall leaders Telefonica of Spain and US-based Puma in sixth. Once they hit the Philippine Sea, they will be able to turn towards Auckland but for now the skippers are just trying to keep the boats in one piece. Sailing through the Kuroshio current, known to sailors in the race as the "black tide" and responsible for big waves and even bigger crash landings, has long been dangerous. "It looks...

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