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What’s the story?
May 3: There was little to choose between the fleet overnight as the boats powered north at well over 20 knots. Groupama were the only ones to make the tiniest of gains on leaders PUMA after being the fastest boat over two skeds.
Racing couldn't be any tighter at the front of the fleet over the last few days with the top three boats split by just three miles at times.
PUMA and CAMPER have been duelling it out for the lead with Telefónica 'smoking along' in third and ready to pounce on any mistake from the top two and Groupama had edged ahead of Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi and Groupama have been locked in their own battle for fourth and fifth,
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Quote of the day:
“We managed to quietly slip around Telefónica during the night previous and managed to close right up to PUMA who had been on our starboard horizon all day, slowly getting bigger and bigger.
“The next three days are looking like good fast trade wind sailing, so hopefully we can keep in the mix until the last 1,000 miles where anything is going to likely happen” - Chris Nicholson, CAMPER
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The big picture:
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG improved on their second-place finish in Leg 4 to win Leg 5 by just 12 minutes following a tense 11th-hour battle with Team Telefonica.
Despite losing their mast while leading the fleet in Leg 5, Groupama sailing team were able to construct a jury rig which allowed them not only to complete the leg but also claim the final podium position.
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand finished fourth, a huge achievement for Chris Nicholson's team, who were forced to divert to Chile with structural damage.
Abu Dhabi were forced to retire from Leg 5 with serious damage to their hull, opting to ship their boat to Itajai. They might not have finished the leg but they won their incredible race against the clock to get Azzam race ready in less than two days.
Team Sanya, who retired from Leg 5 after losing a rudder, will rejoin the fleet in Miami for the in-port racing and start of Leg 7.
Check out the overall standings HERE.