Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng beat Emirati boat to win sixth leg

Dongfeng Race Team were almost overhauled 30 nautical miles from the finish

Chinese challengers Dongfeng Race Team won a closely-contested sixth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race.

They beat overall race leaders Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing into Newport, Rhode Island, by just three minutes and 25 seconds after 17 days of racing.

Wednesday's victory in the 5,010-nautical mile stage cut the deficit to the Emirati boat to six points.

It leaves Dongfeng with a chance of overall victory with three stages remaining.

The Chinese boat had missed leg five with a fractured mast.

Abu Dhabi came close to overturning Dongfeng's lead 30nm from the finish.

British skipper Ian Walker said: "We were literally three or four boat lengths from getting over them, but they held on."

About the Volvo Ocean Race
The global event takes nine months to complete and covers almost 39,000 nautical milesOne nautical mile is equal to 1.15 land miles and is used for navigating and charting
The event is regarded as crewed sailing's toughest testThe race was previously called the Whitbread Round the World Race
Read more on the official race websiteexternal-link

Teams now have 10 days in dock in Newport for maintenance before returning to the offshore action with the trans-Atlantic leg to Lisbon, Portugal.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in the Spanish city of Alicante in October, with teams visiting 11 ports in 11 countries across nine legs.

The race finishes in Gothenburg, Sweden, in June.