Phil Coomb's No Fearr had swept into the lead last night but has notified race authorities that she is now heading for a port to affect repairs.
Last night her exact destination was not decided but her current heading indicates it is likely to be Eden.
With the gale force winds which emerged yesterday with gusts to 50 knots and 6 metre seas from a low-pressure system now in Bass Strait continues to pin the bulk of the 2003 Melbourne to Osaka Coast south of Gabo Island overnight.
However, at first light this morning, the boats sheltering south of Gabo Island began moving out.
Of the Open Racers Maverick II was one of the first away she is now 6 miles north east of Gabo Island and 8 miles ahead of Kontrol. Funnel Web is 121 miles seawards still coming round the outside.
In the Racer B Class TMQ Marine is now 11 miles east of Gabo, while Lulu has struck north.
In the Race C Class No Fearr is still leading, however overnight she has sailed 780 miles towards Eden and is likely to surrender that lead soon. Second is Team FGI is now 8 miles north east of Gabo.
The Cruiser B division leader Club Marine Wizard is now 5 miles north of Gabo.
Louise had already left the sheltered area south of Gabo Island heading for Eden to repair a water pump.