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7 June 2005, 02:55 pm
Foggy End To Leg Five In Boston Harbour
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2004/2005 Global Challenge
Boston, USA

After nearly 7,000 miles of racing and 38 days at sea, it was an unbelievably close finish for eighth place between Team Stelmar and Me To You - with both teams fighting neck and neck, right up to the finish line in Boston, USA.
However, Clive COSBY (GBR) and his crew on Team Stelmar managed to hold the edge and finished at 04:02:26 GMT just 8 minutes ahead of James ALLEN (GBR) and his team on Me To You, who had a finish time of 04:10:46 GMT.

Samsung have also crossed the finish line at 06:44:20 GMT leaving just Team Save the Children and Pindar out at sea. The former are just hours away from the finish, whilst Pindar has around 110 miles to go and is expected in Boston in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Me To You crew member Birgit OBERMUELLER describes the tense racing for the last stage of the leg: 'Amazingly, in the very last four hours, we match raced Team Stelmar, getting closer and closer. Such an exciting fight for the finish. We had both watches on deck, giving our best. Yet we couldn't pass them. ANYWAY, we're in, that's all that counts.'

The last few hours racing will have been some of the trickiest as well most nail biting for the teams: they had to navigate their way through a dark and foggy Boston Harbour, through the busy shipping lanes (known as 'President Roads') avoiding ships, islands and other navigational hazards, all whilst retaining full racing focus. They then had a final sprint to the finish line, a mile up the Mystic River.

The teams have now come alongside to be greeted by friends, family and supporters and will be enjoying their first taste of fresh food (and beer!) for the first time in over six weeks.

Team Stelmar skipper COSBY writes in their final log for this leg, 'Team Tenacious again pushed to the end, working harder than ever in the last 25 miles to keep in front of the 'Teddies'. Well done the James and the crew and well done to our crew for a huge effort on what was a challenging leg. From now on the sprint to the finish!'

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