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Christmas battle hots up for leaders

© Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race
© Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand were still clinging on to their lead on Christmas morning but with Team Telefónica breathing down their necks there was no prospect of a festive truce.

CAMPER, who could overtake Telefónica at the top of the overall leaderboard by winning the first stage of Leg 2, led their heavyweight rivals by just over 18 nautical miles at the 0700 GMT position report.

Groupama sailing team remained in third place, followed by PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, 100 nm behind the leaders, with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in fifth.

The teams are through the Doldrums and edging closer to the end goal of this first stage of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi -- the secret safe haven in the Indian Ocean. From there, the boats will be shipped to a point off the Sharjah coastline and complete the leg with a sprint into Abu Dhabi.

For the first stage, 80 percent of the leg points are on offer, meaning 24 points for the team first across the line, 20 for second, 16 for third, 12 for four, 8 for fifth and 4 for sixth.

"The scrap with CAMPER for first is going to be terrific," wrote Telefónica Media Crew Member Diego Fructuoso. "There isn't long to go so we'll have to give it everything."

Team Sanya's boat is currently out of the running as it awaits repairs on the island of Madagascar, with the team concentrating on getting everything repaired for Leg 3 to their home port in China.


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