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Leg 9 action – record smashed

The Volvo Ocean Race Team Brunel smash the 24 hour distance record as they race their way in Leg 9 to from Newport, Rhode Island to Cardiff, Wales on Thursday after hooking onto a classic North Atlantic depression.

After a short respite from the wet and wild opening 48 hours of Leg 9, boat speeds were up to 30 knots as the east-moving low pressure system provided perfect conditions for blisteringly quick sailing.

Leg 9 is a 3,300 nautical mile transatlantic race and the third and final double-point scoring leg. The results on this leg will go a long way to determining overall finishing position in this edition of the race. Get on the race track!