Based on the trend of the previous stages, there is a clear favorite: the Dutch team Brunel. The crew around skipper Bouwe Bekking won two of the last three stages. In Newport, the deserved stage win was awarded only with bad luck a few hundred meters from the finish. If it had been enough there, Brunel would now be in second place. Considering the rather disappointing start to the race, an impressive form curve.
But Mapfre is also always good for a win, as the arrival in Newport showed, where the team from fourth around the top three teams and won. With Xabi Fernandez there is also a skipper with Olympic experience, which could be particularly advantageous on the remaining two short, small-scale stages to Gothenburg and the finish in The Hague. However, Brunel also has this with the America's Cup winner Peter Burling, as Fernandez experienced on small courses and decorated with Olympic gold.
Mapfre also has the plus on its side, comfortably leading in the in-port rating with 50 points ahead of Dongfeng (42 points) and Brunel (36 points). In the event of a tie at the end of the race, this rating would be used for resolution. A tie would be enough for Mapfre, a small, at least psychologically but not insignificant advantage.
And of course there is also the Dongfeng Race Team with Charles Caudrelier, which is currently at the top and is therefore the favorite on points.
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