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Leg Five of the Around Alone Race starts on April 13. The leg from Salvador in Brazil back to Newport is another sprint. Luck and tactics still play their part. The doldrums have to be crossed again, then the yachts will run into the Northeast trades that will push them fast towards their destination, but there is another agonizing choice. Go straight which means close to Bermuda and risk a high-pressure system removing the wind, or take the longer westward route, closer to the US Coast, where at least the Gulf Stream will give you miles even if the wind disappears.  more...


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