Offshore

Among the favourites is Tasmanian entry, Philosopher, sailed by father-and-son duo Shaun and Sam Tiedemann.

David and Peter Askew, aboard their VO70 Wizard, came out on top under IRC corrected time. The boat was navigated by Australian Will Oxley.

Sebastian Bohm’s Rogers 46 Smuggler pocketed all the key trophies in the 13th Club Marine Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race, redemption for three years ago when a penalty cost the crew first place on corrected time.

Departing from Brest, a port where countless records have been made, the Ultim Class giants will set sail on a 14,000-mile loop around the Atlantic, touring half the globe.

One of the tightest competitions in the 48th Rolex Fastnet Race was between the eighteen Class40 pocket offshore rockets.

Ichi Ban finished first 52-footer across the line and beat Barry Cuneo’s TP52 Envy Scooters (RQYS) by less than half an hour on handicap.

SHK Scallywag finished just 27 minutes after Rambler 88.

As usual, all the IMOCA 60s were being sailed double-handed in preparation for this autumn's Transat Jacques Vabre.

Posting an elapsed time of 1 day 10 hours 46 minutes 53 seconds, Wild Oats X crew finished the same way they’d spent most of the race – wet – thanks to a late night Whitsundays downpour.

The difference was that Maxi Edmond de Rothschild was able to foil into the favoured end of the finish line off Plymouth breakwater, whereas MACIF was not able to, crossing the line just 58 seconds after.

A spectacular start to the race; due to an unusual spinnaker start and a mix of giant multihulls, super maxis and down to small and veteran yachts.

Forecast light winds will be an opportunity to test new IMOCAs and for IMOCA skippers to train sailing double-handed ahead of the Transat Jacques Vabre.

An unusual off the wind start is forecast and according to her navigator, it plays into the hands of Scallywag, with a new record on the boil.

The TP52s are joustiing again, with Queensland’s Envy Scooters leading Ichi Ban a merry dance.

Eighteen crews are set to tackle the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron’s latest offshore initiative, a 530 nautical mile race starting in Moreton Bay at 1100hrs this Friday.