Ericsson 4 leads in Volvo Ocean Race

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Kochi, Nov 24 (UNI) The Ericsson twins continue to lead the Volvo Ocean Race in the second leg on its way to Kochi.

While both Ericsson 4 and Ericsson 3 are close enough to sight each other, PUMA is between Telefonica Blue (to the West) and Green Dragon (to the North), an official release here today said.

The trio inspite of suffering damages -- PUMA a structural failure, Green Dragon a broken boom and Telefonica Blue a damaged daggerboard -- were chasing the Ericsson twins.

Telefonica Black, Team Russia and Delta Lloyd were sailing behind the rest of the team.

Last night, as Ericcson 4 found its way to traffic, Ericsson 3, for a short time, took the advantage and moved ahead. Later, as the wind picked up, everyone headed east-northeast and has settled into the east-southeasterly true wind direction. It was blowing at a pretty steady 14 knots True Wind Speed (TWS in the Data Centre), much to the relief of the teams. However, Delta Lloyd, was seen struggling to clear the high-pressure ridge.

The climatic conditions had changed in the past couple of days.

From boots, gloves, double fleece sleeping bags etc, the crew members are enjoying the warm weather and have moved to wearing shorts, UV tops, shoes, sunhats and sun cream, the release said.

Team Russia skipper Andreas Hanakamp said, ''Everyone on board really enjoyed yesterday's warmer and drier weather after being cold and wet for almost a week. Everything went on deck to dry out; less moisture is less weight, which will help, in the light stuff ahead.'' The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Spanning some 37,000 nautical miles, stopping at eleven ports and taking nine months to complete, the Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier yacht race for professional racing crews.

The race stopover here is from December 3 to 13.

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