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Volvo Ocean Race - MAPFRE leads the way

The two red boats at the top of the Volvo Ocean Race leaderboard set the pace at the start of Leg 8 to Newport, Rhode Island on the east coast of the United States.

MAPFRE, led throughout the inshore portion of the leg start, with overall race leader Dongfeng Race Team giving chase just boatlengths behind.

Team Brunel and Turn the Tide on Plastic were up amongst the leaders as well, pushing the frontrunners as they headed out to sea for the 5,700 nautical mile leg north.

Team AkzoNobel held down fifth place out of Itajaí while Team SHK/Scallywag and Vestas 11th Hour Racing were close to 3-minutes behind the leader at the final inshore gate.

Leg 8 Positions as at 15:25 UTC on Monday 23 April:

1. Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) -- distance to finish -- 4,875 nautical miles
2. MAPFRE (Xabi Fernández) +0.5 nm
3. Turn The Tide on Plastic (Dee Caffari) +0.6 nm
4. Sun Hung Kai Scallywag (David Witt) +0.6 nm
5. Team Brunel (Bouwe Bekking) +0.7 nm
6. Vestas 11th Hour Racing (Charlie Enright) +2.0 nm
7. Team AkzoNobel (Simeon Tienpont) +2.3 nm

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