Competitors would have been punching into the boisterous wind conditions and bad sea state forecast for the Bay of Biscay and offshore of Cape Finisterre.

Cabo Verde consists of 10 volcanic islands, approximately 570 kilometres directly west of Dakar, Senegal.

Essentially, the main difference between a prototype and a production Mini is that the former is allowed to use carbon, have a canting keel, daggerboards (or foils) and a bigger mast.

Australia has five entrants confirmed for the 2022 race, with more likely to be involved closer to the start date.

The Prologue has been postponed until Friday owing to strong winds that threatened to cause unnecessary damage to boats or rigs ahead of the Transatlantic crossing.

Three new recent initiatives by ORCV have been the introduction of the ‘Four + Autohelm', the Coastal Sprint Series, and the ‘Keep Plastics out of the Ocean’ efforts.

Solitude is the very essence of the Mini-Transat.

If the number of entrants was to exceed the expected 150, it would make the 2019 race the fourth largest in Sydney Hobart history.

Around 220 everyday people set sail from Portimão, Portugal to race across the Atlantic Ocean to Punta del Este in Uruguay.

Prior to the start on 22 September, there will be entertainment every day and some exceptional patrons will christen the Mini 6.50s.

The race will be the centrepiece of a summer of major yachting events, starting with the Rolex Sydney Hobart and finishing in time for RNZYS’s 150th Anniversary celebrations and the 36th America’s Cup.

The Netherlands has had a strong presence in the event since the early days of the Whitbread Round the World Race when Connie Van Rietschoten won back to back victories in the 1977-78 and 1981-82 editions.

For the first time, the Azimut Challenge will last five days, instead of the usual three.

Australia's waterways cleaning team, Ocean Crusaders, is organising beach clean-ups in Sydney Harbour and the River Derwent, hoping crews and supporters will get involved.

Punta del Este, skippered by Jeronimo from Spain, has a crew ranging in age from 20 to 76 years old and with 19 nationalities including Uruguay, Finland, Australia and Canada.