In a slow, but intense battle for line honors, Bouwe Bekking has used his veteran nous to fend off a final push by Dongfeng Race Team and claim the Leg 7 victory for Brunel Sailing.
The light air approach to the finish line in Itajaí was the final challenge in an already grueling Leg for the Volvo Ocean Race teams. Bekking ran away from the fleet in the Southern Ocean, claiming the bonus points for leading around Cape Horn, but Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team battled hard all the way to the finish, closing the gap to less than a mile when Brunel finally crossed the line.
Brunel's impeccable Leg 7 performance bumps the Dutch team to third in the overall rankings, pending the upcoming finishes. The team claimed every possible point to be won in the Leg, with a bonus point awarded for leading around Cape Horn, and double points awarded for this Southern Ocean Leg.
Team Akzonobel is due to arrive early Thursday morning, with just under 300 miles left to sail.
Update from Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag:
One week after the tragic loss of crew member John Fisher in the Southern Ocean, Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag have now made landfall in Chile.
The team has been fighting a relentless emotional and physical battle over the last seven days, to ensure the rest of the crew and their Volvo Ocean 65 arrived on shore safely.
For the short term, the team says it will remain in Chile as they debrief and decide on future plans.
The team will release more information as it becomes available.
Separately, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Chile has confirmed the Search and Rescue operation has been "deactivated".