Nine boats have so far retired, including French Class40 Corum, after colliding with a shark, while Jack Trigger's young team on Concise 8 poses the biggest threat.

Don McIntyre rates the sailors out of 100, based on the state of their boats and their state of mind when speaking to him via Sat phone.

Tough conditions have continued, with competitors reporting 30 knots of wind gusting to 35, with 3-4 metre waves in a confused sea state.

Phil Sharp's Class40 Imerys Clean Energy leads the fleet but still has over 1,200 miles to go to take the prize.

The cold front that brought tough conditions has now passed, with the fleet enjoying bright sunshine yesterday and a relatively calm second night at sea.

With 20 knots from the southwest forecast for the Celtic Sea it will be a long hard slog to Mizen Head on the southwest tip of Ireland.

A broken tiller and problems with his self-steering has forced the race leader to make a pit-stop.

A cold front from the Atlantic provided pewter skies and a gusting southerly, accompanied by rain, while several low pressure systems are forecast, meaning rough weather.

Philippe Peche is weighing up his options after PRB’s tiller was broken in 45-50 knot winds.

Well over 100 intrepid sailors from all over the world will race non-stop around the notorious 1,805 nautical mile route.

Don McIntyre discusses HF radio and windvanes and suggests both will help win or lose the race.

Jean-Luc Van Den Heede moved into the lead over the weekend simply by virtue of being closest to the computer lay line between the Cape Verde Islands and the Cape of Good Hope.

The Farr 40 was dwarfed by the super maxis but managed to take out the win by 13 minutes.

In another light winds drifter, the silver boat got revenge for her loss in the Gold Coast race last week.

Since receiving this release, Wild Oats XI took line honours early this morning from Black Jack and Alive.