US crew battles for Cape Horn bragging rights in global race

ALICANTE, Spain (AP) American boat Team Alvimedica took the lead in the Volvo Ocean Race fifth leg early Sunday as the six-strong fleet continued to endure a helter-skelter ride toward Cape Horn in the Southern Ocean.

The boats managed to avoid huge icebergs on the route so far and three of them crashed to their sides mid-week before returning to vertical as winds reached 75 kilometers per hour (44mph) and waves approached 30 feet.

The fleet is expected to round Cape Horn - one of the key landmarks of the nine-month marathon offshore event - on Monday and bragging rights, but no points, go to the boat that leads at that point.

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