Cape Town - Veteran skipper Bouwe Bekking led Team Brunel to
a narrow victory over Dongfeng Race Team on Tuesday in one of the most
devastating legs in the history of the bluewater classic.
Team Brunel beat Dongfeng into Itajai, Brazil, by just less
than 15 minutes to cap the leg of 7 600 nautical miles.
Team Brunel won all 16 points available; 14 for finishing
first on the double-points leg plus a bonus point each for winning the leg and
being the first around Cape Horn.
The transit through the harsh, remote Southern Ocean from
Auckland, New Zealand, cost one sailor his life and led to damage to several
British sailor John Fisher was lost at sea on March 26 when
he was knocked overboard from Team Sun Hung Kai Scallywag. The boat turned back
but couldn't find Fisher. SHK/Scallywag made it to Chile's west coast and is
deciding its plans.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing dismasted off the Falkland Islands
and is figuring out how to get to Itajai.
Overall race leader MAPFRE and Turn the Tide on Plastic were
damaged and are still several hundred miles from the finish.
"It's been an unbelievable leg," Bekking said.
"We are sad in our hearts about the loss of John Fisher and that sits very
deep with us, but from a sporting standpoint we sailed a very nice leg so we
take confidence from that."