Team Brunel won the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, beating China's Dongfeng Race Team by just 16 minutes after 23 days of sailing.
Starting in Abu Dhabi, the Dutch boat passed Dongfeng five hours before the finish in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Chinese team were also edged out in the first leg, finishing second to Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing by 12 minutes.
Three teams are on four points, but Team Brunel are ahead of Abu Dhabi and Dongfeng as they won the last leg.
Team Vestas Wind of Denmark are still hoping to rejoin the race after sailing into a reef in the Indian Ocean and grounding their boat.
Bouwe Bekking, the 51-year-old who leads Team Brunel, said: "It is a good feeling. I've always said, it's better to be lucky than good but we've been good this leg as well.
"So it's so nice to win this one because it could have been an easy leg to finish last."
Abu Dhabi finished the leg third, with three boats - Mapfre, Team Alvimedica and Team SCA - still racing. They are not expected to finish until at least Sunday.
Leg three, from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, will start on 3 January.
The nine-leg race comprises seven teams, who will compete almost 39,000 nautical miles, visiting 11 ports across every continent and finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 27 June 2015.
|About the Volvo Ocean Race|
|The global event takes nine months to complete and covers 38,739 nautical miles||One nautical mile is equal to 1.15 land miles and is used for navigating and charting|
|The race is regarded as crewed sailing's toughest test||The event was previously called the Whitbread Round the World Race|
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