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Round-the-world racers put into Boston

Ericsson Racing Team finished first and second April 26 on Leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race. The 4,900-nautical mile leg began April 11 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and ended in Boston.

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The two crews finished 12 minutes apart as thousands of spectators lined Fan Pier to watch the arrival on a warm spring afternoon that suddenly turned cool.

Ericsson 4, the overall race leader skippered by Brazil's two-time Olympic gold medalist Torben Grael, finished at 2105 GMT (1705 local) and won the leg with an elapsed time of 15 days, 3 hours, 5 minutes and 10 seconds.

It was the third leg win for Ericsson 4, which also won Legs 1 and 2. Ericsson 4 added eight points to its scoreline and now has 77.5 points. The International crew is 13 points ahead of Spanish yacht Telefónica Blue, which placed third on the leg.

Both boats encountered some breakdowns and injuries along the way. Ericsson 4's water maker broke three days ago, leaving them with a reverse osmosis hand pump to make water for coffee and cooking the freeze-dried meals. The crew eagerly devoured fast-food burgers and soda upon arrival in Boston.

Video footage from the arrival of Ericsson 3 and Ericsson 4 is available at and also at

Click here to read a report in the New York Times.