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Volvo Ocean race heads to Qingdao

SPAIN'S Telefonica Blue is chasing its second consecutive leg of the Volvo Ocean round-the-world race as eight yachts set out for Qingdao, Shandong Province, from Singapore yesterday.

The fourth leg of the race is about 2,500 nautical miles and is expected to take from 10 to 12 days to complete. Race organizers expect this stage to be the one of most dangerous as the sailors will likely meet cold weather and large waves on the way to northeast China. Telefonica Blue won the third leg last month, closing the gap on overall leader Ericsson 4 of Sweden during a 1,950-nautical-mile stage from Kochi, India, to Singapore. The race includes Asia for the first time in its 35-year history.


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