June 24, 2018 / 3:35 PM / a year ago

China’s Dongfeng Race Team clinches Volvo Ocean Race

LONDON, June 24 (Reuters) - China’s Dongfeng Race Team won the Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday, marking the first victory for women in the round-the-world marathon, with Dutch sailor Carolijn Brouwer and France’s Marie Riou crossing the line off the Hague to clinch the last leg.

The Chinese-backed team held off its nearest competitors MAPFRE and Team Brunel to secure overall victory as the 65-foot yachts converged under overcast skies on the Dutch port.

Reporting by Alex Smith; Editing by Jon Boyle

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