Nicholson’s words fell on deaf ears. In an attempt to ensure a complete fleet would arrive in Auckland, Lloyd started Leg 4 on schedule to allow the local Chinese fans, VIPs and media to see some Volvo 70 racing, but then held the fleet for 15 hours at the edge of Sanya Harbor. Puma Ocean Racing had hoped to build on their second place finish in the Sanya In-Port Race the previous day, and led the fleet on the 42-mile portion of the leg they were allowed to complete on Sunday. Unfortunately for Puma, the black cat bad luck streak struck again when just a mile from the temporary finishing position, Puma sailed into a windless hole. Not only did the entire fleet catch the black cat, but Puma’s lead turned into a 40-minute nightmare as they waited for the breeze to fill enough to allow them to finish in last. Overall race leader Telefonica, who also won the Sanya In-Port Race, was the first to the temporary finish, followed by Groupama, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, and CAMPER. No points were awarded for this portion of the race. Instead, teams would be released to finish leg four in a staggered start determined by their finish deltas.