Dongfeng edge Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in Sanya in-port race

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing made it four podium finishes from four in-port races with their second place showing on Saturday, but weren't able to catch winners Dongfeng.

Team Dongfeng celebrate after their in-port race win on Saturday at their home port of Sanya, China. Victor Fraille / Volvo Ocean Race / February 7, 2015
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Dongfeng Race Team made it a clean sweep at their home port on Saturday, winning the in-port race after last week arriving first in Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing finished second, continuing their unabated streak of top-three finishes in the in-port races.

At eight points, they have a four-point lead on Team Brunel (12) in the in-port series. Dongfeng, with their first in-port podium, are third at 14, followed by Team Alvimedica and Team SCA with 15 apiece.

Spanish Team Mapfre bring up the rear with 22.

Dongfeng finished by 38 seconds ahead of Azzam, with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing getting to about within 50 metres of the Chinese winners in a tight finish to the race, according to the Volvo Ocean Race website.

In Chinese, said winning skipper Charles Caudrelier in a press release, “Dongfeng means the wind from the east, an today the wind blew from the east – we’re lucky in China.”

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