Volvo ocean race heading for thrilling leg finish in Newport

ALICANTE, Spain (AP) After two weeks and nearly 4,000 nautical miles of sailing, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet was still locked together on Sunday with any of the six boats in with a chance of winning the sixth leg to Newport, Rhode Island.

Newport is staging North America's only stopover in the nine-month, 38,739 nautical miles round-the-world offshore race and with just five days and 1,000 nautical miles to sail, looks likely to host the most exciting finish so far.

Chinese challengers Dongfeng Race Team were narrowly ahead early Sunday with a 4.3 nautical mile advantage over Dutch crew, Team Brunel, with the overall race leader, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, just under 6 nautical miles further behind.

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