The French skipper, who has never raced solo, is learning to sail an IMOCA while he waits for his new Vendee Globe boat to be built.

The 65-year old solo circumnavigator told race organisers this week that he has lost more than 20kg during the voyage so far, and if he can’t catch fish, there is little left onboard to sustain him over the next two weeks.

More than just a race, Cape Horn Race 19/20 provides four legendary sailing challenges; up to four months of mythic discovery; and social activity in four countries: Argentina, Chile, Gibraltar, and Uruguay.

Soldini, at Argo's request, agreed to delay the start by a two hour delay after which an epic match race ensued over 600 miles and 11 Caribbean islands.

With just over two and a half years to go to the start, the organisers and sailors are already busy preparing behind the scenes for this new event on the IMOCA calendar.

Catherine Pourre's French Class40 Eärendil won Line Honours for the Class40 Division for the second year in a row, this time defeating two of the rising stars of offshore racing.

In previous editions of the race, the boats had to be slipped in Sydney halfway round. The Coppercoat applied before the 2017/18 race is expected to last at least until the 2021/22 events, giving it three circumnavigations totalling 120,000nm.

Wizard has set the bar for the overall win under IRC for the RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy.

Owing to health concerns and lack of food, both skippers will have their penalties added to their finishing time, rather than serving out the time in a penalty box.

Maserati Multi 70 skippered by Giovanni Soldini (ITA) crossed the finish line in an elapsed time of 1 day, 06 hours 49 minutes and 00 seconds, beating the previous record by just over one hour.

The two rocket ships are expected to finish the race around sundown today, Tuesday 19 February, with Maserati estimated to be three hours inside record pace.

The MOD 70 Argo flipped during practice on Friday, but miraculously made the start line just three days later.

Ichi Ban just missed the record, but took the line and handicap double, while Geoff Boettcher (Secret Men's Business), played second fiddle for the first time.

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.