Just after 08:00hrs Frank Pong's Jelik claimed line honours in the China Sea Race for the first time, taking just over 92 hours to complete the 609nm course.
Although the 21st race was marred by light winds, conditions could have been worse - Jelik's elapsed time is nowhere near the record of 123:23:17 set in 1992, a true demonstration of patience by Rick Strompf's X-Rated.
The breeze has picked up to 20 knots and, while those further back in the fleet may not yet be reaping the benefit, Free Fire and Maligaya should be crossing the line in advance of predicted times (10:15hrs and 13:35hrs respectively). Hi Fidelity and Helsall II are still neck and neck on the rhumb line and should cross the finish line late this afternoon.
The tail-enders are expected to finish before mid-day tomorrow, if current conditions hold, with Windseeker, Carillon, Groovy and Ocean Girl still in fierce competition at the back of the fleet.