Offshore

Ahead of them, 2000 miles of sailing to Brest after rounding the Fastnet Rock to the south of Ireland and a waypoint off the Azores.

Over the next 24 hours, the fleet are set to finish their thrilling trade winds ride as they encounter an occluded front across their path to Bermuda.

Tapio is approaching the Bay of Biscay at a good time of the year when the winds are generally stable and from a favourable direction but barnacle growth is slowing his boat to a crawl in light conditions.

Fremantle to Bali is a 1440 nautical mile voyage and is a wonderful opportunity for east coast yacht owners to enjoy the opportunity for extended cruising in Indonesia that comes with the entry.

Close to a hundred sailors from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, and the USA are taking part in the 935nm offshore race.

Postponed because of a violent low-pressure area, the start gun for this 2000 mile race will send the 17 solo sailors on their way to achieve their various ambitions.

Two TP52s have already entered the LendLease Brisbane to Hamilton Island Yacht Race.

The 935 nautical-mile ocean race has attracted a diverse fleet of yachts from the 100ft carbon flyer SHK Scallywag, to the 1938 Classic Mariella - and just about everything in between.

Each year the 384-nautical-mile northern escapade marks the start of the Blue Water Pointscore Series, and enjoys great participation from both local competitors and interstate rivals.

Among the monohull contenders this year are Seng Huang Lee's 100ft Scallywag, skippered by Australian David Witt, and George David's familiar Juan K-designed Rambler 88.

Seventeen sailors, six nationalities, three women and seven solo sailing rookies are taking part.

The Bajan TP52 Zingara (Conviction) took Line Honours and the Peters & May Trophy for the overall win, after a tangle with the 100ft SHK Scallywag right at the start.

The Italian sailor plans to enter the Globe Series, to qualify for the Vendee Globe Race.

The stand-by period for a start will be shortened to two months so the team can meet its other racing commitments.

There are shared stories of experiences from many of the 22 races spanning 42 years.