The Dubai based Team AISM retained their lead on Sailing Arabia - The Tour after seeing their rivals caught up in fishing nets on the race to Ras Al Khaimah.
Bertrand Pace's side crossed the line on the leg from his crew's home port of Dubai to Ras Al Khaimah first, more than three minutes ahead of the Messe Frankfurt team.
The leg, which was delayed for several hours in Dubai as crews waited for more favourable conditions, finished in darkness as the crews followed the coast north.
But fishing nets slowed up the BAE Systems and EFG Bank crews, allowing the young team from the university of Plymouth to comfortably take second place.
The BAE Systems crew finished third, less than a minute ahead of the EFG Bank boat, while the Renaissance team crossed the line in fifth.
But dropped wind in the closing hours slowed up the TU Delft, Al Thuraya and Royal Navy of Oman crews, who were ruled to have finished after the allowable time limit for the race.
The result leaves Team AISM still ahead in the overall rankings, with BAE Systems second and EFG in third place.
Action now switches to in-port at Ras Al Khaimah today, although organisers have warned the late finish from last night's leg may reduce the number of races staged today.
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