Puma rides north with wind in Volvo Ocean Race

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SANYA, China (AP) -- Puma's gamble in the Volvo Ocean Race appeared to pay off Saturday as the United States-based team traveled at speeds twice its rivals.

While the other boats crawled upwind at 11-15 knots, Puma was speeding with the wind at 22 knots.

Puma, tied for fourth and needing points after breaking its mast on leg one, bet everything on leg four by pointing its boat toward Tokyo -- the exact opposite direction to the finish line in Auckland, New Zealand.

While other teams waited for the weather to come and push them south, Puma was well to the north and actively seeking out the wind.

Puma finished second in the last Volvo Ocean Race in 2008-09.