Yachts come from all over the world to compete in the race which will start on Saturday 3 August 2019.

"We know that Alex’s foils are especially designed for downwind sailing, but his performance remains remarkable."

Lalou Roucayrol is safe and well inside his boat. He made immediate contact with his shore support team to tell them of his capsize in a very sudden and violent squall.

It has been revealed that the 73-year-old's yacht pitchpoled, which caused the damage to his mast. He faces three more storms before rounding Cape Horn.

From the outset, Alex Thomson took up an attacking position with no compromises.

Tripon on board the brown trimaran Réauté Chocolat, has just under 850 nautical miles to go to the finish of the four-yearly classic and is more than 400 miles ahead of his nearest pursuer in the six-strong Multi50 class.

The first major keelboat regatta for the summer season, the SSORC is to be held over the weekend of 24-25 November, in conjunction with the Super 12 Spring Regatta and Seven Islands Race inshore.

"The more miles Alex puts between himself and his rivals by the Tête à l’Anglais island, the better it will be for him, as sailing downwind of Guadeloupe is like the famous Chinese water torture."

After leading for most of the race, François Gabart was slowed by a series of incidents including the loss of his port rudder and starboard foil.

Noel Cornish and his crew took IRC, ORCi and PHS divisions.

Still leading the Route du Rhum, the Frenchman is nursing his battered craft towards the finish.

With 2000nms to go, a three-way battle led by Alex Thomson, has developed, at the top, while others are struggling and pit stops have become the norm.

St Jude’s waterline length saved her from the weakening southerly, while others that had featured in the top three were not so lucky.

Frenchman François Gabart is on course to smash the 3,542 nautical mile course record.

Comanche has taken line honours from Wild Oats XI in a psychological battle ahead of the Sydney Hobart, while Ichi Ban leads the charge for the overall win.