It's a down wind fly for John WOODRUFF'S Volvo 60, Seriously Ten, as she leads the CanTeen Gosford to Lord Howe race.
At the 1505 sked, with CD's blaring she was surfing towards the finishing line, and was 157 miles from Lord Howe Island with an ETA of 7:30am tomorrow morning.
Although the southerly change came around 8am this morning and steady 20-knot south westers have been blowing all day, the seaway is still confused, however the 2 metre swell is beginning to settle providing ideal surfing conditions.
Matt ALLEN'S Farr 52 Ichi Ban is only 14 miles behind his larger rival and, if the angles suit, could yet run down the Volvo 60.
Soon after the change this morning, the handicap leader Wayne MILLAR'S Sydney 41 Zoe, took over third place on the water as Terry MULLEN'S Farr 50 Fitness First Sting, at that stage well to the south, gybed north crossing the rhumbline.
During the day Thorry GUNNERSEN'S 1994-built masthead sloop Tilting at Windmills, has made big gains on the fleet and is second on IMS handicap behind Zoe.
In strong conditions she has an excellent record with a 2nd on IRC behind Aera in the 1998 Hobart, following on from a Melbourne to Hobart IMS win in 1997.
Alex WHITWORTH'S Brolga 33, Berrimilla, is third on IMS.
In the PHS division, the tiny Carter 30, Sorine just has her nose in front of Wahoo. Sorine's owner Ben ADAMSON continues to be very interested in the Tuesday weather. If winds are anywhere else but northeast, it could be a third PHS win from three races. Tony WILLIAM'S NXS 38 Balmain Experience is in third place on PHS.
Sienna advised race officials at the sked this afternoon she had broken her boom, whilst sailing under spinnaker in the confused sea way. She is sailing onto Lord Howe under jury rig. All crew are fit and well.
Sail-World has now posted this afternoon's radio sked position charts and handicap and line honours calculations.