By 08:00hrs on 29-March, the fleet had split into distinct groups with light North Easterly winds still dictating the race pace.
In the leading group Maligaya was still holding off Jelik by a narrow margin, followed closely by Ffree Fire and Hi Fidelity.
Further behind, overseas entrants Australian Maid, Helsall II and Intrigue of Stornaway were battling it out with Red Baron, Rhythm Stick and Vida. After her troubled start, Elektra had made up ground and was positioned with Hocux Pocux II, Kam Loong and Outrageous just ahead of another cluster of nine boats. Carillon, Irmgard and Body Shots II were bringing up the rear of the monohulls, leaving Beluga Free languishing around 50 miles further back.