Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have finally given ground to Team Brunel after almost exactly a week at the head of the fleet but the new leaders' thin advantage may well be very short-lived as the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 turned into a game of hunt-the-breeze.
Brazil's women won a thrilling seventh edition of the ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart on Saturday an hour after Australia's men had also upset the form book and the home favourites by whitewashing Denmark.
Semi-final action at the ISAF Nations Cup Grand Final saw a smooth ride for the Danish teams whilst Australia and Japan are locked at one-all. Catch the Finals Live on Saturday at www.nationscup2013.dk/live
It was perhaps the perfect piece of royal diplomacy on the water. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark crossed the finish line first but came second to Denmark's new sailing prince, Nicolai Sehested, in their exhibition match race. Sehested too found the perfect way to navigate the rule: 'Don't beat the boss at golf."
A dramatic first day of the ISAF Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark, saw the pre-event pundits eating their words as Brazil's Henrique Haddad and Japan's Wataru Sakamoto emerged at the top of Group B of the Open competition with four wins out of five each.
After winning the European regional final of the Nations Cup in Lelystad this weekend, Viktor Ogeman, the young Swedish skipper, said his experience in the DS37 boat could give him an edge in the grand final of the Nations Cup in Middelfart, Denmark, in August.