Sailing: Silk Cut in collision

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Silk Cut's unhappy Whitbread Round the World Race continued yesterday when she reported hitting a unidentified object five days out from Auckland on the fifth leg to Brazil.

The British boat, skippered by Lawrie Smith, damaged her bow, but was not taking on water. The setback on the leg Smith must win to have any chance of the overall prize came as the fleet geared up for the southern ocean and Cape Horn.

l Due to a production error, the wrong strapline, "Drugs in sport", appeared in some editions above yesterday's report of the Whitbread Round the World race. We apologise for this mistake.