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Green Dragon fights to stay with leaders

Updated: Friday, 21 Nov 2008 23:30

Green Dragon
Green Dragon

It has been a dramatic week for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet but it was the Dragon and the PUMA who took the brunt of the damage in heavy seas.

Green Dragon first broke her steering gear, which caused the boat to Chinese gybe and culminated in the boom breaking in two.

PUMA have also been battered by the Southern Ocean conditions, twice slamming off waves and causing structural damage to the big cat.

Over the last 24 hours Green Dragon have been making good progress, leaving the Southern Ocean behind and hoping for more settled conditions ahead.

Green Dragon and Telefonica Blue are currently both 37 miles behind the leader Ericsson 3, with Green Dragon being polled fourth behind the Spanish boat.

Leg Two Day Seven:
(boat name/country/skipper/nationality/distance to finish)
1 Ericsson 3 SWE (Anders Lewander/SWE) DTF 2519
2 Ericsson 4 SWE (Torben Grael/BRA) + 9
3 Telefónica Blue ESP (Bouwe Bekking/NED) +37
4 Green Dragon IRL/CHN (Ian Walker/GBR) +37
5 PUMA Racing Team USA (Ken Read/USA) +41
6 Telefónica Black ESP (Fernando Echávarri/ESP) +69
7 Team Russia RUS (Andreas Hanakamp/AUT) +73
8 Delta Lloyd IRL (Roberto Bermudez/ESP) +99