A visit to the city by VOR executives comes as rumours surface of an Australian challenge for the 2020/21 event.
With just under 24 hours of Leg 10 complete less than three miles split the top six boats as the light wind start to the penultimate stage of the race continued.
It's the last chance for bonus points before the boats reach New York.
The Elliott 50 completed the 998 nautical mile event in 4 days, 4 hours, 13 minutes and 29 seconds, more than two hours ahead of Miss Scarlett in second with Equilibrium third.
Light winds combined with an adverse current to force a short postponement before the Volvo Ocean Race fleet departed Cardiff in a slow motion ballet.
Across the fleet, teams are enjoying life at less of an angle and as they gear up for the upcoming Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint.
Pressure is building as teams prepare for the penultimate leg, as every point counts on the final sprint to the finish.
Sanya Serenity Coast skippered by Australian Wendy Tuck, is keeping the rest guessing as the Chinese entry is in Stealth Mode and in line to win overall.
Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team won the battle on Friday, but MAPFRE retains the overall lead in the In-Port Race Series.
After racing some 40,000 nautical miles around the globe, the exhilarating power sprint will likely decide the overall winner of the race around the world.
Smuggler won the long running and reaching race and is currently topping the ORCi and PHS standings too.
In conditions that can only be described as typical of the Mediterranean, as the weather was unreliable and demanded a lot of the sailors, the nine pairs competing went through nine technical and stressful days.
Should there be any ties on the overall leaderboard at the conclusion of the Volvo Ocean Race in The Hague, then the final position of the teams at the In Port Race Series will act as the tie-breaker.
The fleet has now split into two clear groups with nine teams to the north and three teams hunting the pack to the south.
With a race time of 4 days, 2 hours, 23 minutes, and 34 seconds, Frantic smashes the previous record set by Brindabella in 1991, by an amazing 1 day, 19 hours, and 12 minutes.