Bouwe Bekking has used his veteran nous to fight through all the challenges posed by a hard Leg 7 of the Volvo Ocean Race and lead Team Brunel to a narrow win over Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team by a matter of minutes.
Dutch entry Team Brunel crossed the finish line in Itajai at 2.45am this morning NZT, heading off Dongfeng Race team by just under 15 minutes.
MAPFRE damaged a mast last week and took repairs.
"It's been an unbelievable leg", Brunel skipper Bouwe Bekking said.
They are likely to finish this weekend and cede top spot to their Chinese rivals.
The Hong Kong entry has made landfall in Chile and is still to announce its future plans in the seven-boat race.
"It's a fantastic result for us".
"This time we've managed to keep them back and far away and if Turn the Tide on Plastic can hold on we have a chance to take the overall lead".
Next to finish Leg 7 will likely be team AkzoNobel who are approximately 36 hours behind the leaders, in what appears to be a safe position for a podium finish.
"Of course we are thinking about what happened to Scallywag and John Fisher". But we are here to push the limits - that's why we sail in this area.
Briton Fisher, 47, was knocked overboard into the treacherous Southern Ocean on Monday, March 26 after being hit by a piece of equipment as he was trying to clean up a furled sail.
Teams battled six-metre seas, gale force winds, snow and hail during the 7600 nautical mile journey from Auckland to the Brazilian city of Itajai, with Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag tragically losing crew member Josh Fisher overboard in the Southern Ocean.
Separately, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Chile has confirmed the search and rescue operation for Fisher has been "deactivated".