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Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) breathed a huge sigh of relief on Monday after the boat arrived in Itajaí right on schedule ready for the refit of a new mast.

(April 5, 2015; Day 20) – After full focus and concentration for 18d 23h 30min 10s, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker led his team to win the 6,776 nm fifth leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, from Auckland, NZL to Itajaí, Brazil.

Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) announced late on Tuesday that they plan to retire from Leg 5 after breaking their mast in the Southern Ocean.

Four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race celebrated rounding the venerated landmark of Cape Horn on Monday, a pleasure cruelly denied Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier/FRA) after the Chinese boat's mast was broken early in a dramatic day on Leg 5.

Volvo Ocean Race can confirm that Dongfeng Race Team broke its mast early on Monday (GMT, March 30) but fortunately nobody has been injured and there is no immediate danger to the crew.

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet reached the halfway point of their nine-month marathon - midway through the fifth leg of nine - on Friday and were still glued together in some of the closest racing in the event's 41-year history.

With less than a week to go until the Land Rover Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 3, Qingdao, there is a palpable tension in the air, as the nine-strong Extreme 40 fleet head to China’s Olympic sailing city, 30 April – 3 May.

Last year, Extreme Sailing Series™ generated €44 million in global media value, reports independent media evaluation agency Havas Sports and Entertainment, reaffirming the Series position as the leading, sponsor-funded global circuit.

On one of the world’s busiest waterways, the Huangpu River, in the Bund area of Shanghai, hundreds of thousands of passers-by were stopped in their tracks today by the unique sight of the Land Rover Extreme 40 sailing on this iconic waterway alongside cargo ships, tankers and passenger ferries.

The world's longest running professional sailing series - the ISAF sanctioned World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) - have announced a new and expanded sixteen event schedule for the 2015/16 world championship.

Registration for the 2015 ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship set to be held in Langkawi, Malaysia from 27 December to 3 January 2016 is set to open on Wednesday 25 March.

The 2015 San Fernando Race, which will start in Hong Kong on Wednesday 1 April, marking the 20th edition of this 480nm Category 1 offshore race, albeit with the 2003 edition falling victim to the 2003 SARS epidemic.

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