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Stage 2 Leg 2 : it is on !

IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race
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At 0530 UTC, the five Volvo Open 70's still racing for Leg 2 left Sharjah to Abu Dhabi.

After a close start (0530 GMT) that saw all five boats cross the line within 10 seconds of each other, Telefónica managed to get across CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand to take the advantage.

"It was a difficult start and upwind tack to the mark," Telefónica Media Crew Member Diego Fructuoso reported from the boat. "Once again we're scrapping with CAMPER. They're very close so we can't lose let our guard down."

At 0810 GMT, Telefónica had 69.09 nautical miles to go until the finish. CAMPER were in second (69.69) followed by PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG (69.81), Groupama sailing team (70.07) and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (70.61).

CAMPER skipper Chris Nicholson was happy enough with the situation. "We wanted to win the buoy end, and did that expecting the shift to go right," he explained. "We're matching the others ok at the moment. Pretty good so far."

The winning team will scoop six points, with five for second, four for third, three for fourth and two for fifth. If CAMPER were to win and Telefónica finish fifth, the teams would be level on 26 points for Leg 2. In that situation, the tie would be decided in favour of CAMPER as the team with the best result in the most recent scoring opportunity.


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