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Father-and-son sailors face world challenge

Fathers and sons don't always agree and that can be a problem when you're a two-handed crew pushing yourselves and your boat to the limit in a round-the-world race.

But the formula for New Zealanders Ross and Campbell Field, who won the first leg of the Global Ocean Race from Palma, Mallorca, to Cape Town recently, is a simple one. When it comes to the crunch, dad Ross is the boss.

From facing down pirates to capsizing their Class 40 yacht BSL three times, the Fields just about saw it all in the 33 days it took them to cover 7,300 nautical miles of the first leg. But they're still talking and are even looking forward to the next section - from Cape Town to Wellington.

Click here for the full report on this multigenerational crew.