One boat that wasn’t troubling Caudrelier or Fernandez was Team Brunel. By Auckland the best result Bouwe Bekking and crew had achieved was 4th. A late entry had left the yellow boat off the pace. As well as contending with injuries, Brunel was clearly struggling to get their crew chemistry right, swapping nearly half the team at some stopovers. Confounding many expectations, it was Scallywag lying in 3rd overall as the fleet made Auckland.
America’s Cup helmsman Pete Burling had come into