There where tense moments last night, as Simonas Steponavicius' Volvo 60, Ambersail made a dash for the finish line of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race. They were desperately close to taking the overall lead on handicap. The Lithuanian Volvo 60 passed St. Catherine's Point on the south side of the Isle of Wight just before midnight, averaging 13 knots. They knew that if they could keep up that speed, they were going to take the overall lead. Turning downwind into the
At 0700 BST, Piet Vroon's Ker 46, Tonnerre de Breskens was 142 miles from the finish, going upwind at eight and a half knots. If they can keep up that pace, they should finish the race by 0100 tomorrow morning. They will be hoping that the breeze will hold out during the day. For the moment they are on course to eclipse Artemis Ocean Racing's corrected time and take the overall lead on handicap in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race, but it is going to be very close.