Most of the big boys have finished the Rolex Fastnet Race and the Barbican is an impressive sight; Liara, Luna Rossa, Rosebud, Beau Geste, RÁN, the list is endless, the hardware unbelievable. This morning, picturesque Sutton Harbour in Plymouth hosted its first dockside presentation with Mike Slade and his ICAP Leopard crew claiming line honours for the 2009 Rolex Fastnet Race. Slade paid tribute to his competition; "You guys had us looking over our shoulder from start to finish." Niklas Zennstrom's JV 72, RÁN, looks a likely winner of the handicap prize overall, as Plymouth based, Nigel Passmore's TP 52, Apollo, missed out by over three hours, this afternoon. But there are 300 boats in this race and most of them are still battling away.
In the Two-Handed class Mike Moxley's HOD 35, Malice has been in top spot for the short handers, the entire race. Currently 221 miles from the finish and achieving a higher average speed than the competition. Still very much in touch though are Simon Brady's Figaro, Sonic Boom II and Nicolas de La Fourniere's X 34, Exile Mirabaud.
The Class 40s are having a real battle, Tanguy delamotte's Initiatives Saveurs - Novedia Group holds the lead by seven miles from Giovanni Soldini's Telecom Italia and Boris Hermann's Beluga Racing. This class could produce a real nail biting finish. The leaders are at Bishop Rock, on the last leg to the finish.