As the teams rest for 24hours we look ahead to the final part of Leg 0 from St Malo to Lisbon. The parts of Leg 0 so far have provided a number of different aspects from a short world record breaking lap of the Isle of Wight to some incredibly intense and close longer distance races. St Malo to Lisbon steps up again with just over 800 nm.
Just 56 seconds separated the first two Volvo Ocean Race boats in the Rolex Fastnet Race so every little gain that can be made counts as Leg 0 continues. Libby takes a look at what points in the race could determine the winners and losers.
The Rolex Fastnet Race starts on Sunday with the first class, the multihulls starting at 1100 and the final start at 1240 with the Volvo Ocean Race boats.
The 603 nm course will take boats anywhere from 1.5 days to 6 days and is not looking like a record breaking race apart from the speed with which people entered. Oversubscribed every time this iconic race is going to provide a mixed bag of weather and potentially favour the slower boats who will get the benefits of stronger winds on the return trip.
The next part is the Fastnet Race. The first initial opportunity for the boats to race against each other offshore, but it is still a sprint for these boats and incredibly coastal. At 608nm the Fastnet will be a good representation of how the Volvo Ocean Race will start and end with the shorter legs between Alicante-Lisbon, Cardiff-Gothenburg and Gothenburg- The Hague.
As Cowes Week progresses on, Wednesday looks set to be BIG. The wind continues to build and the more recent warm and really not British summer weather has been replaced by more typical conditions. This will no doubt see a war of attrition amongst the Cowes Week sailors, but it is also the first time the Volvo Ocean Race boats line up against each other; the Solent is a challenging enough race area but the forecasted weather is set to make it even more challenging.