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After one day, French lead solo around-the-world yacht race

Updated: November 9, 2008, 5:32 PM ET
Associated Press

LES SABLES D'OLONNE, France -- Marc Guillemot and four other Frenchmen took a first-day lead Sunday in the sixth edition of the Vendee Globe solo around-the-world yacht race.

Defending champion Vincent Riou set a quick early pace in the ultimate test of single-handed sailing endurance. Riou sailed away from Les Sables d'Olonne on France's western coast under gray skies before being joined by French compatriot Sebastien Josse.

About seven hours into the race, Guillemot, Kito de Pavant, ...

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