Repairs to the damaged starboard rudder has ended Spindrift’s attempt on the record.
He didn’t win, but Mark Slats never gave up, keeping Jean-Luc Van Den Heede on his toes, and viewers enthralled, throughout the pair’s race-long battle.
Aboard IRC line honours winner, Wizard, tactician Charlie Enright described the race as “champagne sailing with bohemian tactical challenges.”
Argo sailed the course at an average speed of 18.05 knots.
Roland Jourdain, twice winner of the Route du Rhum in the IMOCA category and third placed skipper in the 2000-2001 Vendée Globe, is offering his expertise to three skippers who are aiming for the Vendee Globe.
The 580nm race will also be a good chance for yachts to qualify for the 75th Sydney Hobart at the end of the year.
Jan Guichard and his crew hold more than six hours lead over the Jules Verne Trophy best time at this point.
Young up-and-coming sailors will be racing alongside and against some of the world's best professionals in next month's RORC race.
The 73-year old French veteran of six solo circumnavigations also becomes the oldest person to win a solo, non-stop, unassisted race around the world.
This is the first time since 2003 that multihulls have competed in the Pineapple Cup.
With a north-westerly storm approaching, the Dutchman's manager breached race rules to directly relay weather information to the competitor.
The 73-year old Frenchman is expected to arrive to a huge welcome at 08:00 UTC Tuesday (09:00 French time). He is 312 miles ahead of Dutchman Mark Slats.
Sailors from around the world, including those from the Volvo Ocean Race and America's Cup, are competing in the 811-nautical mile race.
With Jean-Luc Van Den Heede within 450 nautical miles of the finish, time and opportunities are running out for Mark Slats.
The race from Miami to the Montego Bay, is shaping up to be an unpleasant, but fast, first 24 hours with records on the line.