Offshore

Today was windward/leeward racing, but for tomorrow's start of the Championship, a long distance race is on the cards.

Sydneysider Paddy Boughton will race Kialoa II – planning to repeat all the anniversary editions of the classic ocean races the yacht had done with Jim Kilroy.

Never in a million years did Peter Hartigan and Louise Costello think they would be able for a long ocean race – but here they are - sailing against each other.

Four super maxis will face off for the first time since the Sydney Hobart, while six TP52s will have a race within a race.

Many of this year's entries are crewed by passionate corinthian sailors, fulfilling a life-long ambition to complete the 1,800 nautical mile infamous race.

It was not until his Rustler 36 PRB had reached the northern tip of Fuerteventura in the Canaries that the Frenchman realised his mistake and had to turn back into the wind and beat the 7 miles to Marina Rubicon.

Rambler 88 retired with a broken rudder, a Class 40 yacht also suffered damage and Hurricane Chris threatened the fleet.

At 230 nautical miles, it’s conducted under Safety Category 3 Plus, which makes it affordable and accessible for a broader range of yachts.

There are several boat-on-boat battles still being played out.

The line honours favourite is on her way to Newport Rhode Island after losing her rudder.

Ertan Beskardes has withdrawn from the race, saying the lack of communication with his family was too much for him.

Three boats have finished and fourth place looks to be Qingdao's to lose.

George David's American Maxi Rambler 88 led the fleet away at an astonishing speed.

Visit Seattle, leading the fleet for the third consecutive day, is aiming for its third race win.

The fleet has enjoyed a quick race across the North Atlantic, but lingering over Ireland is a giant wind hole as the fleet edges closer to the finish…