19 Feb 2012

Dangerous conditions hold Volvo Ocean Race back

6:31 am on 19 February 2012

The fourth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race to Auckland will be split into two stages for safety reasons, after forecasts of unsailable conditions in the South China Sea.

The organisers will hold the six boats in Sanya after Sunday's leg start to allow enough time for dangerous conditions to clear, with fears that waves of up to eight metres could wreak havoc with the fleet.

Race leaders Telefónica won the in-port race in China ahead of Puma to extend their overall lead to 18 points.

Team New Zealand's entry Camper, who are second overall, were fourth in the racing in Sanya harbour.