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Bluewater fleet sails into Chesapeake Bay

APRIL 19 -- The Dutch-backed team, ABM AMRO One, cruised past Baltimore Light Monday, officially placing first in the Volvo Ocean Race’s fifth leg and marking the team’s fourth win.

“The boat did an amazing job,” ABN AMRO One skipper Mike Sanderson says on the race Web site. Sanderson also congratulated his team, saying that everyone was “involved in making this boat go fast and that is specific to winning four of the legs so far.”

Spectators at nearby SandyPoint watched as team ABN AMRO One crossed the finish line at nearly 3 p.m. Monday, 16.5 miles ahead of the closest boat, movistar, the Web site says. ABN AMRO One completed the leg in an elapsed time of 15 days, 2 hours, 47 minutes, 52 seconds.

Team ABN AMRO One leads the Volvo fleet with 62.5 points, a 22-point lead over team movistar, according to information on the site. There are 42 points still up for grabs before the race wraps up in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Paul Cayard’s Pirates of the Caribbean team finished the 5,000-mile fifth leg from Rio de Janeiro in third place. “The 120 miles up the Chesapeake was long and slow without much wind during the night,” Cayard says on the site. “At one point we almost had to anchor to avoid going backwards with the current.”

The fleet will now participate in in-port racing on the Chesapeake Bay before setting off on Leg 6 to New York. The fleet is expected to arrive in the Big Apple on May 9.

— Jason Fell