Britain’s Leigh McMillan completed an impressive four days to win the second event in the 2012 series of the Extreme Sailing Series in Qingdao, China.
A gremlin in the computer had given his The Wave Oman team a 59-point lead going into the final day when it was just nine but he eventually won by 15 over Austria’s Roman Hagara in Red Bull.
Third was Pierre Pennec in Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, pipping a second Briton, Ian Williams, in GAC Pindar.
Working round the clock, Ian Walker’s Abu Dhabi challenger in the Volvo round the world race hopes to make the inshore race in Itajai, Brazil, barely 48 hours after it arrived from Chile needing extensive repairs and pre-leg checking ahead of starting the sixth leg to Miami on Sunday.
A strong British squad opens its account at the French Semaine Olympique d’Hyères on Sunday.