While Class 1 boats rocket under Australia with Bernard Stamm almost around Tasmania, Class 2, with the exception of Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America, are approaching the Cape Leeuwin on the southwest corner of Australia.
Brad van Liew on Tommy Hilfiger Freedom America passed that famous cape, one of the five great southern capes, a few days ago. He has a substantial lead in his class and is sailing a fast, yet conservative race across the bottom of the world.
Meanwhile, halfway across the world in London, Schoolchildren, parents and other visitors to the London Boat Show at Earl's Court have been invited to experience The HSBC Global Education Challenge, the official online education programme of the Around Alone round-the-world yacht race, on HSBC's interactive stand.
The expected 170,000 visitors to the show will be welcomed to stand A3, where they can register for the Challenge, try out the website and claim a free learning pack that includes an Around Alone race route map, a HSBC Global Education Challenge pen, stickers and pin badge.
The HSBC Global Education Challenge is a programme of 32 online weekly modules aimed at children aged between 9 and 12, and can be accessed through the website. The modules focus on the different aspects of the natural world that HSBC-sponsored skipper Graham Dalton and his yacht, Hexagon, will face during the Around Alone race, including weather systems and energy, wildlife, geography, nutrition and culture.