Offshore

"He was repairing the safety pin (of his wind vane self steering) when his yacht capsized and he was thrown out of the companionway and landed in the sprayhood.

Imerys Clean Energy set a new record for the 40ft and under class at an average speed of 9.03 knots.

His 32ft yacht Olleanna was rolled through 360° and dismasted while lying hove-to in 35-45 knot winds and 7-8m seas.

Right up to the finish, the team experienced changeable conditions, as they had done during the whole race.

More teams finish amid tears, champagne and relief, but there are still three crews left on the course.

A completely different experience for some - from the extremes of gales off Mucka Flugga to being becalmed in the North Sea.

First yacht to make it into the next ocean but a sad DSQ for Peche.

Ten days in and they are still finishing this punishing race.

Two weeks ahead of the 1968 race leaders the winter storms in the Indian are still a threat.

An impressive result from such a difficult race in such treacherous waters.

Hannah Stodel, skipper of Class40 Region Normandie reported: “52 knots from the south-west, we are hanging on in!”

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.