Mike Slade's Maxi Leopard 3 completed 500 miles of the course this Monday morning, with a 45 mile lead on the IRC fleet.
Mike Slade helms Leopard - Click image for a larger image
Two days into the race, Leopard has matched the average speed posted by Nomad IV when the French Maxi set the monohull race record last year, but it is too early to predict if Slade's team can lower the bar.
By daybreak on the third day of the RORC Transatlantic Race, Lloyd Thornburg's American MOD70 Phaedo3, had completed 700 miles of the course, and are approaching the Cape Verde islands.
670 miles to the north, Giovanni Soldini's Italian MOD70 Maserati was continuing their ascent north.
In the IRC fleet for the overall prize of the RORC Transatlantic Race Trophy, after IRC time correction, Arco Van Nieuwland & Andries Verde's Dutch Marten 72 Aragon is estimated to be in pole position.
Today is Andries Verde's 50th birthday and he will be celebrating with his 18 year old daughter Anna and all the crew.
In the Class40 division, Halvard Mabire and Miranda Merron's Campagne de France has a healthy 50 mile lead over Catherine Pourre's Eärendil.
Campagne de France have been pushing hard and is now enjoying the downwind conditions that the Class40 revels in.
All of the international fleet of racing yachts is now into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, save Marc Lepesqueux's Class40 Sensation, which has sadly retired from the race, with all crew safe and well ashore, the team plan to cross the Atlantic at a later stage.
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28 November 2016 12:34 GMT