• 09-MAY-2012

  • SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race

Miami Triumph for American Ken Read in Leg 6

American skipper Ken Read led his PUMA Ocean Racing team to a second consecutive leg win on Wednesday, arriving on home soil in Miami triumphant following an epic 18-day match race with closest rivals CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand to confirm they are back in contention for overall victory.

Since the heartbreak of the first leg, in which they were robbed of a result when their yacht's mast broke, PUMA have been on the rise – and after scoring their first offshore success in Leg 5 from Auckland to Itajaí, Brazil, they made it two in a row in Leg 6.

After winning an intense battle for first place with CAMPER, who at one point closed the gap to less than a mile, Read was excited about his team's performance as they get back in the mix for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 trophy.

"That was about as stressful as it can get, believe me," Read said. "It was touch and go, and the guys on CAMPER sailed very well, but I couldn't be more proud of our team -- they did an unbelievably great job."

PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG crossed the finish line at 18:14:00 UTC (2:14pm local), 18 days after leaving from Itajaí, Brazil, with CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand around an hour behind PUMA and on course to take second.

PUMA dominated the 4,800 nautical mile leg from the start, only surrendering the lead on two occasions to CAMPER and for no more than 48 hours.

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