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The Independent Online
Christophe Auguin yesterday claimed a world record for covering 374 miles in 24 hours as he leads the Vendee Globe single-handed non-stop round the world race. In winds of 25-30 knots he described his achievement as "a nice run in an ideal background," and expected to pass south of Cape Leuwin in Australia. In contrast Britain's Pete Goss, who is the most southerly of the 12 yachts still in the race, was totally becalmed.

The second leg of the BT Challenge from Rio to Wellington has been restored to its original 600 miles. A dog-leg adding another 600 was dropped as a precautionary measure after one of the 14 amateur-crewed yachts, 3Com, suffered a broken forestay and two more, the leader Save the Children and third-placed Global Teamwork, each reported a broken strand in the backstay. With about 2,200 miles to go, Andy Hindley (Save the Children) leads with a tiny three-mile margin over the first leg winner Mike Golding (Group 4) but a 330-mile leap on the back marker, Boris Webber (Courtaulds International).

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