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Last Updated: Monday, 29 May 2006, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Amro One clinches Portsmouth race
Volvo Ocean Race leader ABN Amro One
Skipper Mike Sanderson's ABN Amro One leads the Volvo Ocean Race
ABN Amro One maintained its dominance in the Volvo Ocean Race with victory in the in-port regatta in Portsmouth.

The Dutch boat, which already has an unassailable lead in the round-the-world race, beat Pirates of the Caribbean into second.

Brasil 1 finished third to move up to third overall behind Pirates.

ABN Amro Two, who decided to race despite the death of crewman Hans Horrevoets on leg seven, came fourth with Ericsson fifth.

Before racing a minute's silence was held in honour of Horrevoets, whose funeral was held in Holland on Saturday.

Afterwards, ABN Amro Two navigator Simon Fisher said: "It was great for us all to get back into the water again. You've got to move on and keep on racing, that's why we do this sport."

It's great to finish my first race as a married man in first place

ABN Amro One skipper Mike Sanderson

Sebastien Josse's crew have yet to decide whether they will continue with the rest of the race.

The victory capped an eventful weekend for ABN Amro One skipper Mike Sanderson, who married solo round-the-world sailor Emma Richards on Friday.

"It's been quite a week for me personally and it's great to finish my first race as a married man in first place," said the Kiwi. "The boys gave me a beautiful birthday present today - they were awesome."

Ericsson skipper Neal McDonald, sailing in his home waters, said: "This was not a great day for us. There were very big [wind] shifts and it was very challenging.

"These conditions are not unusual for the Solent, but we obviously didn't make the best of them. We also blew a spinnaker out, which was a big set back for us. Luckily, we managed to get most of it back onboard."

The in-port course is over about 26 miles and held between legs of the race.

This was the fourth of six in-port events won by ABN Amro One, which has also won six of the seven ocean legs.

The next stage of the race from Portsmouth to Rotterdam starts on 2 June with the ninth and final leg ending in Gothenburg, Sweden, in mid June.

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