After three long weeks at sea and over 6,000 miles covered, the sailors were exhausted, uncomfortable, emotional - and dreaming of a juicy South African steak.
But as the old saying goes, it's not over til it's over. Especially in this game - with just eight miles between front two boats, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team, both teams were feeling the pressure.
So what happens on the last day of a long offshore leg? Well, here's an idea...
It's the early hours of the morning, and you're awake... again
Your boss has been up all night checking the tracker, which looks good - but it's close racing. There's a lot of work ahead
You're tired, hungry, and you've not been properly dry for weeks
There's no time to rest. It's all about speed, speed, and more speed
But first, you need coffee, okay?
LOTS of coffee. And a, um, tasty, freeze-dried breakfast
And when you're not drinking coffee, you're talking about coffee
Meanwhile, the boss keeps running below deck to check the tracker
The leg has already taken so long that you've had to start rationing the freeze-dried...
Oh, what you'd give for a steak right now...
And a warm bed. Although you're so tired that you could sleep pretty much anywhere
Remember: even when things don't go to plan, you've got to stay optimistic
But also, sometimes you can't help being realistic
And don't forget to always keep one eye on the enemy
Even if they say they're not keeping an eye on you
After three weeks without a shower, it's time to make yourself presentable for your friends and family (oh, and the world's media)
But let's be honest, sometimes no amount of grooming can hide how tough your job is
OK, not long to go now! Just keep visualising the finish line...after all, this is why you love offshore racing, right?
Oh, and P.S. don't even try and avoid getting wet. If one wave doesn't get you, the next one definitely will