Sailing: Sanderson harnesses winds to strengthen grip on Volvo Race

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A fifth win in six legs saw Mike Sanderson extend again his overall lead of the Volvo Race when he crossed the finish line in New York in the early hours of yesterday. He overcame a slow start from Annapolis in strong winds up the east coast to leave his six rivals battling in his wake.

Sanderson's elapsed time of 39hr 7min for the 400 miles gave ABN Amro 1 a 2hr 40min margin over second-placed Paul Cayard in Pirates of the Caribbean, but the American, now second overall, was just nine minutes ahead of Brasil 1's Torben Grael, who in turn beat Britain's Neal McDonald, in Ericsson, by three minutes. And McDonald was less than a minute ahead of Bouwe Bekking in movistar. Sixth was Grant Wharington's revamped Brunel as Sébastien Josse brought ABN Amro 2 in last.

In London, Alex Thomson has announced that Hugo Boss is sponsoring a new Open 60 to be designed by Groupe Finot and built at Southern Ocean Shipyard in Tauranga, New Zealand, in time for the Barcelona Race, double-handed round the world, in 2007, and the Vendée Globe singlehander in 2008.

Also ready for 2007 will be a trimaran designed for Francis Joyon by Nigel Irens, who designed Ellen MacArthur's 75-ft trimaran in which she beat Joyon's sole round-the-world record. He wants to recapture it.

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