Maiden made history in 1990 when its female crew, led by Tracy Edwards, became the first to sail the Whitbread Round the World Race.

After completing an anticlockwise circle around Tortola, boats will continue on to circumnavigate the islands of the British Virgins and sail through the moonlit night over 165 miles.

With three times more Southern Ocean sailing than previously, the downwind FRO's full shape and straight exit are designed to harness the wind and send the sailors surfing down 20ft swells.

A fireman, a hydrographer and a boat builder have all signed up for the historic race.

Of the 25 skippers already entered, three are Australian.

The GREAT Britain team yacht carries its new slogan, Welcome to GREAT Britain & Northern Ireland, across both sides of its hull.

Owners of the legendary 52-foot yawl plan to race in seven events off the southern coast of Australia before taking on the 628-nautical mile Rolex Sydney Hobart Race in December.

They are joined by Australian/British sailor Jack Bouttell in a four-strong squad of Under-30s in Charles Caudrelier’s Chinese-backed team.

Just two days after getting back on the water following the breakage of their mast, the team is back into training.

Black Jack took second spot, just missing out on being the only yacht to achieve the “trifecta” of winning both Line Honours and Overall three years in a row.

The 4am period saw boats finishing in quick succession, some just minutes apart.

A span of 51hrs separated the first boat to arrive and the last.

There has been no personal injury on board and the boat and team have returned under their own power to their base in Sanxenxo.

The American city will sponsor a boat and host a stop over in the 2017/18 edition.

The around the world record was already ratified, but now more reference times have gone into the record books.