Offshore

Undaunted by his dismasting, Kojiro Shiraishi will try his luck again in 2020 - with a new boat.

'A little bit crazy' is the Spanish translation for Poco Loco, the name of Dan Haynes' 30-foot racing yacht that neatly describes him and his crew.

Seventy-eight yachts have entered the eleventh edition of the RORC Caribbean 600, where in excess of 700 sailors from six continents and yachts from over 20 nations will compete in the thrilling race around 11 Caribbean islands.

Now within 2,500 miles of the Les Sables d’Olonne finish line, the Estonian skipper has solved his immediate hunger problems by catching two large marlin during the past week, which should extend his meagre supplies of food to the end of the race.

Starting at 3pm this Friday, the race will see 42 boats on the start line, ready to race the 156 nautical mile voyage through the night, arriving in Port Lincoln throughout Saturday.

Chris Welsh's Spencer 65 RAGTIME will be making her 17th race to Hawaii in July, more than any other yacht in the history of this race.

The racing was close and the finishes tight, evidenced by the narrow margins seen at the conclusion of racing on the longer courses set Saturday and Sunday.

The crew of the 19 boats (three retired) at various times on Saturday and overnight experienced windless, very windy, wet and quite chilly conditions.

The 80-mile race round Martinique to Marin started in light winds which built up throughout the long day.

Oskana took line honours after a frustratingly slow start, with winds eventually building to 30 knots on the River Derwent.

Interest is strong for one of the world's longest classic ocean races, a 3570 nautical mile race that starts May, 2020.

To date, six of the seven women entrants have completed the race, with Ellen MacArthur the most successful, coming second in 2000/2001.

Yann Guichard spoke about the problem with the port rudder that caused him to abandon the Jules Verne attempt.

Dr Dave says he's seen every type of injury during offshore races, from breaks and sprains to an amputated hand a competitor suffered during an offshore race when his wrist became entangled by a sheet.

The GGR tracking is currently suggesting a March 7 finish, so unless he can start catching fish he is now down to a daily intake of 500 calories – a quarter of what he should be consuming. For the moment, the fishing is not going too well.