Kingfisher was this morning speeding at 21 knots in 35 knots of wind, leading the fleet towards Guadeloupe. Mike Golding's Ecover broke its daggerboard yesterday and is 5 miles behind. Golding is repairing.
The two leading boats are widening the gap to the boats behind and have around 350 miles to go to reach the archipelago of the Azores.
The two Brits' closest rival, Roland Jordain on Sill, informed the race committee this morning that he will head to Madeira for a short pit stop to repair or change his torn main sail. His sail was torn below the third reef by a violent gust yesterday morning. Sill is currently about 400 miles from Madeira.
Conrad Humphreys on Hellomoto alerted the race committee at 01.00 GMT that his 40-footer had dismasted. Humphreys is well and heading to land.
Fujifilm - Loick Peyron set off the distress beacon last night, as his dismasted trimaran is falling apart. A freighter has approached the boat this morning and Peyron can soon leave his mutilated boat.
Biscuits la Trinitaine and TechnoMarine, positioned more north west, have in rapid speeds overtaken Thomas Coville on Sodebo. Marc Guillemot on Biscuits la Trinitaine is now leading the 60' trimaran fleet. Sodebo has slowed down remarkably as its skipper is repairing the broken battens in his main sail.
A towboat will reach the overturned Eure et Loir - Lorénove (skipper Francis Joyon) this morning. The equally overturned Sopra Group is spotted 35 miles west of Corcubion (north west Spain) and can soon be recuperated.
Leading boats 07.00 GMT:
ORMA 60' multihulls: Marc Guillemot Biscuits la Trinitaine
IMOCA 60' monohulls: Ellen MacArthur Kingfisher
Class 2 50' monohulls: Nick Moloney Ashfield Healthcare
Class 3 40' monohulls: Régis Guillemot Storagetek
Class 2 50' multihulls: Frank Yves Escoffier Crepes Whaou!