The 2020 race will start on Saturday 6 June 2020, on Sydney Harbour with boats heading north-east for a finish at the Cercle Nautique Caledonien in Noumea

While Alexis Loison is back in command again, he has three-times winner Jérémie Beyou in second. In third, double winner Armel Le Cléac’h is also breathing down his neck.

In light breeze, Elies took command of the 47-strong fleet of solo skippers, proving his determination to finish on a high note.

“After Sow & Pigs [reef] we didn’t tack a single time. We sailed the entire way on starboard tack. That’s our fastest tack. It was a godsend.”

In a competitive fleet of 46 boats, Marchand was one of three dominant forces in this Stage which has taken the skippers from Roscoff to Roscoff via a lap of the channel.

The longest offshore race in the Western Atlantic will start in Charleston, with a stop-over in New York, and finish in Portland.

Among other prizes, Cordelia will win the coveted Beverly Yacht Club ‘Polaris Trophy’ as the best celestially navigated yacht and co-owner Gail Greenwald will win the ‘Navigators Trophy’.

The Farr 63 finished off St. David’s Lighthouse at 2:27:59 Tuesday. Francis Seldorff’s Kinship, a Baltic 52, was second across the line at 5:01:02.

Richomme was in 16th place, having just rounded the Hand Deeps mark by Eddystone Lighthouse approximately 10 hours and 20 minutes behind leader Loison, giving him just an 11 minute advantage in overall standings.

Less than 24 hours after the start, Alex Loison, is currently leading a breakaway trio which has earned a cushion of 18 miles since they escaped through a key tidal gate off the north-eastern tip of the Channel Islands.

The boats were sailing into the north part of Bermuda ‘parking lot’ area where nothing good can happen, fast.

The French 2012 Olympian Pierre Leboucher, who lies second overall, stole the limelight from local heroes Armel Le Cléach and Jérémie Beyou as the third stage of La Solitaire URGO Le Figaro started on their home waters.

Kiwi Spirit, the Riley Family’s Farr 63, is the scratch boat in the fleet and still leads all boats for line honors.

A raft of protests has seen some lose their precious leads via time penalties, but for others, the outcomes still hang in the balance.

By the time Class D started, winds had built to 20 knots with gusts to 30; and the tide flooding against the southwest wind made for lumpy going.