Sailing: ABN Amro dominate opening leg

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The new 24-hour world record holder, Mike Sanderson, is poised to complete a deserved first-leg victory on arrival here in South Africa today to take the overall lead in the Volvo Ocean Race. ABN Amro's shore team is waiting on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront with their second boat, ABN Amro 2, due to follow Sanderson in.

Ericsson, however, for whom Neal McDonald is set to finish fourth, will share overall second with Torben Grael's Brasil 1 after winning the inshore prologue.

Paul Cayard plans to conduct trials this month after his Disney-backed yacht, The Black Pearl, completes a makeover in the dock here, having pulled out of the first leg less than 24 hours after the start in Vigo because of structural damage.

Bouwe Bekking's movistar, crippled after just 18 hours, will arrive from Cadiz by ship and begin its own trials.