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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Merit Cup Wins Maxi

SOUTHAMPTON, England ? Switzerland's Merit Cup crossed the line early to win the Maxi class on leg five of the Whitbread round-the-world yacht race. Merit Cup arrived in Fort Lauderdale at 0330 GMT Monday, just over seven hours after smaller rival Yamaha had taken line honors. Yamaha sailed from Uruguay to Florida in a recordbreaking 22 days 5 hours 13 minutes 56 seconds. New Zealand Endeavour, overall Maxi leader, was the next to arrive in port at 0415 GMT and will begin the final leg to Southampton with an overall advantage in her class of around 18 hours.