They drew level, then pulled a mile ahead of Imagine It. Done. this morning, then pulled further ahead by another mile before the long time leaders hauled them in.
Spirit of Sark skipper, Duggie GILLESPIE (GBR) has reported that all four leading yachts are in sight of each other!
'We have three yachts in visual contact - everyone's living on a knife edge at the moment!'
'The wind is very, very fickle indeed and there's current issues as well,' he continued in an interview just after he had crept ahead of Imagine It. Done. 'It's very fast changing and we're only just in front by a little whisker which could easily change again. This is why it is so exciting and it's really, really tense, certainly on board our boat at the moment!'
'It's quite amazing,' said GILLESPIE when asked about the current conditions, 'it's so different from where we've been in the Southern Ocean - the sea is flat and calm and we've got land right beside us which is so new to us.'
'We've got three boats in sight, there's seaweed, which we haven't seen for weeks and there are seals jumping out of the water - it's amazing! The deck work is changing very quickly, there's a lot to do in this light air. There's not a great deal of standard routines going on because we know the finish is so close.'
GILLESPIE went on to comment on the exciting finish that is unfolding the even to predict his team's later drop to second. 'It's going to be, well, it is a hell of a finish, we haven't even got to the finish line and it's fast changing and exciting but very tense as well … We're very please to be in the lead, but that could change within the hour…'