On Sunday, Tapio Lehtinen woke up to the pleasant surprise of seeing Istvan Kopar’s Tradewind 35 Puffin within a mile of him.

Unusually, the race will now run the week before Cowes Week, whose dates remain unchanged, starting on Saturday 10th August.

A passing ship located Olleanna a few days before her arrival in Cape Town but Wiig politely declined the Captain’s offer of support and made it to port unaided.

Only three of the 75 samples collected during the race, south of Australia, east of Argentina and west of Ireland, have been found to contain no microplastics.

"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!”

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