25 Feb '12, 9pm

Yachting: Puma gamble paying off in Volvo Ocean Race

Yachting: Puma gamble paying off in Volvo Ocean Race

SANYA, China: It will be a week before Puma know whether their spectacular Volvo Ocean Race gamble has been a success but all the signs were good on Saturday as Ken Read's American team started to 'boomerang' around the fleet on their way to Auckland. Puma's decision to come out of the South China Sea and sail north towards Japan in the exact opposite of the Leg 4 destination of Auckland was always going to be a risk and skipper Read is far too cautious to call it yet. But with the team travelling at speeds up to twice as fast as the main fleet, and with the deficit already down to 200 nautical miles from a peak of almost 300, the signs are looking good. "We won't know the result for about one week," said Read, whose team are flying at 22 knots compared to 11-15 knots for their rivals. "What we do know is that we're never going to get close to the fleet. If we get close to...

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