In the round the world Volvo Ocean Race, Puma took the fifth leg from Auckland in New Zealand to Itajai in Brazil, but were just 12 and a half minutes ahead of Telefonica after more than seven and a half thousand nautical miles and nearly three weeks of sailing.
It had looked as though the Spanish yacht was going to pull off a seemingly impossible turnaround, having clawed back 400 nautical miles since putting in for repairs.
At one point, Telefonica had recovered to less than a kilometre behind Puma.
When second placed vessel Groupama broke its mast, the Spaniards suddenly found themselves in a battle for the top spot.
Puma ran out of food a day and a half before the end of the race, so it was a hungry crew that picked up 30 points for an overall total of 113, catapulting them from fourth to second behind the race leaders Telefonica.
But with three second places and the win at Itajai over the last four legs, the American team are building up a powerful momentum.