The Chinese team’s second win of the current circumnavigation sees 12 points added to their overall total.
Close behind was home team Liverpool 2018 at 10:32 UTC — a big improvement on their last-place finish in Derry-Londonderry — while Garmin completed the podium just minutes later at 10:38 UTC.
Fourth place was taken by Unicef, when skipper Bob Beggs and crew crossed the line an hour behind the leading trio at 11:41 UTC.
At time of writing, Visit Seattle was the next boat poised to finish with just half a nautical mile left to cover.
However, with the race order unchanged for days, Nikki Henderson and team likely haven’t done enough to take the Clipper Race trophy from Sanya Serenity Coast.
Sanya, meanwhile, is in a battle for sixth with PSP Logistics less than five miles from the finish, while Dare to Lead has 15 miles to go — and Conall Morrison’s HotelPlanner.com maintains a slim lead over GREAT Britain in ninth as they round Anglesey for the home stretch.
Nasdaq will be the last boat to arrive before the trilling sprint finish up the River Mersey to the Royal Albert Dock. Crucial last-minute points are available to the first three teams over the line tomorrow, Saturday 28 July.