At midday 29th May, the majority of the fleet is pounding its way against up to 30knots of NW wind. The trimaran BRANEC IV skippered by Roger Langevin is currently 320NM WSW of Brest and has already seen the worst of the immediate weather. He is currently headed out into the Atlantic averaging 10knots between his last two position updates.
Andrea Mura and his Open 50 Vento Di Sardegna has quickly regained positions after returning to Eddystone Lighthouse to correct his early mistake. After dropping from first position down to dead last, he has now overtaken several boats and is sitting in ninth overall.
Richard Lett, skipper of Pathways to Children is currently leading the Gypsy Moth Class and has just passed 10° W with Nico Budel on Class 40 sec.Hayai 100NM to the south.
American entry Jonathan Green aboard Jeraboam is leading the Jester Class by just 20NM with Charles Emmett hot on his heels.
Despite her late departure from Plymouth, Cabrio 2 skipper Asia Pajkowska has made quick work of the English Channel, overtaking several boats to enter the Atlantic with the majority of the fleet.
Ntombifuti skipper Ralph Villiger has reported on facebook that he is OK but suffering engine and bilge pump problems. He is heading to Brest in order to carry out repairs.
Harmonii and Lexia have also altered course for land but we currently have no news as to the situation aboard.