As BP Explorer's Naomi CUDMORE writes, 'we are back from our edgy kite ride through the night and safe in the realm of poled-out No.1 again - the flanker preserved to fight another day.'
The fleet have begun to spread out as they try to position themselves for the final run into La Rochelle, France, just over 700 miles away. A northerly group comprising VAIO, Pindar and BG SPIRIT currently lie 40 miles to the north of the main pack, whilst SAIC La Jolla is around 70 miles south of nearest competitor Imagine It. Done.
'There is a deafening roar as the water is flying around, there is spray flying in my face and I can feel the vibrations of the white water under the hull between my feet as the speed shows 22 knots, 22.1 and finally 22.2 before it started to subside again.
'I can't quite believe that I have managed to steer 45 tonnes of steel at over 22 knots, surfing down a wave in the North Atlantic,' writes Kate BROCK after an exhilarating night's sailing on Imagine It. Done.