Sailing

- Chinese pre-event outsiders Dongfeng Race Team continued to defy the odds on Thursday as they took a slim lead in the third leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Only three boats from China have ever contested offshore sailing’s toughest and most prestigious event and none have won a single leg in its 41-year history.

However, a pair of closely-fought second places in the opening two legs has left the crew skippered by Frenchman, Charles Caudrelier, sitting joint top of the standings with Team Brunel (Netherlands) and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing on four points.

Victory in leg three would be the ideal time for Dongfeng to break the Chinese duck – the destination of the 4,670 nautical mile (nm) third stage from Abu Dhabi is their home port of Sanya, the southernmost point of China.

AFP


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