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Telefonica Blue sweeps Volvo Ocean Race

Oct. 04, 2008, 12:35 p.m. (ET)

ALICANTE, Spain(AP) Spanish syndicate Telefonica Blue won two races Saturday to open the Volvo Ocean Race.

Telefonica Blue prevailed in tricky conditions to beat sister ship Telefonica Black by 1 minute, 46 seconds in the day's opening regatta. The Spanish team won the second race ahead of Puma by 1:03.

The in-port regatta kicked off the nine-month, around-the-world race, which advances next Saturday with a 7,480-mile leg to Cape Town, South Africa.

Telefonica Black was third after Delta Lloyd and Team Russia collided at the start, with the Russians also hitting a committee boat.

Telefonica Blue leads with four points, with Telefonica Black next with 3.5. Puma has three points in third place.

Ericsson 4 is fourth with 2.5 points, followed by Green Dragon with two, Delta Lloyd with one and Ericsson 3 and Team Russia with 0.5 each. Ericsson 3 was deducted one point for breaking a keel measurement rule.

The third edition of the Volvo Ocean Race features eight boats racing 42,579 miles, with stops in Singapore; Qingdao, China; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Boston. The race ends in June in St. Petersburg, Russia.