Phil Sharp's Imerys Clean Energy is under 200 miles from the finish, Tony Lawson's Concise 8, skippered by Jack Trigger is stalking the leader. The battle for line honours is expected to conclude tomorrow with both teams well inside the 40 foot world record.
On the eighth day of the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race all but three of the 18 teams still racing had rounded Muckle Flugga. Stories are coming in from the yachts about the cold front that brought storm force winds to the fleet. The extreme weather has now passed leaving in its wake patchy breeze and lumpy seas. Far to the south the leading Class40s were still in over 20 knots, beating into the North Sea. The smallest yacht in the fleet, Benjamin Schwartz and Chen Jin Hao's Figaro 2 El Velosolex SL Energies Group, is under 500 miles from the finish and continues as overall race leader after IRC time correction.