After a race-long match race, Giovanni Solidini's Maserati took multhull line honours from PowerPlay.

Comanche and Black Jack were sailing toe-to-toe on the Harbour; Comanche taking the lead after Black Jack tacked to the western shore.

Maserati and PowerPlay are not the only ones locked in battle - behind them, others are being waged in various divisions.

This race will draw some new entrants to the BWPS including Sean Langman’s newly-christened RP65 Naval Group, as well as Rod Wills’ X43 Great Xpectations and Phillip Neil’s Hoek TC78 Oroton Drumfire.

The Italian Supermaxi My Song was 1,657 miles from the finish, just two hours behind course record pace and estimated to be leading the fleet after IRC time correction.

More than 2.5 million fans attended the race stopovers, putting the Volvo Ocean Race in the top tier of international sporting events, while new marks were set across all aspects of fan engagement and media coverage.

Conversely, the smaller boats have only covered between 500 and 600 nautical miles and still have around 2,500 miles to go.

Five super maxis, 13 international entrants, 10 TP52s, one of the healthiest representations of 60-70 footers seen in years, smaller boats and veterans that linger make up this year’s fleet.

It will be a wet and wild ride on board the two leading trimarans, which have been recording boat speeds of over 30 knots.

Australian Mark Sinclair is heading for his home town of Adelaide to scrape barnacles and replenish critically low water supplies.

It was a busy night on board the 130ft My Song, with all 20 crew required on deck to tack the massive sails, while for the much smaller Black Sheep, staying in pressure was the goal.

The French sailing legend completed the single-handed race in 21 days, 3 hours and 57 minutes and finished fourth in the Multi Rhum class.

The fleet has experienced better than forecast conditions for the first 24 hours of the race, however, the ridge of high pressure is expected to come into play for the second day.

Enjoying himself so much, Australian Mark Sinclair appears to be heading towards his home port of Adelaide to say ‘hi’ to family and friends.

his is the second time Huusela has completed the race; he finished ninth in the Rhum Mono class in 2014.

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