By midday the fleet was already around the needles and screaming off downwind towards St Catherines Point, propelled by squally gusts of up to 30knots. Not only are the points weighted for the race, competitors were also in the running to win a bean bag specifically designed for offshore racing and donated by Amanda Russell at Pigbags.
Felipe Cubillos onboard Desafio Cabo de Hornos was the first to round the Bridge Buoy and set off down the back of the island towards St. Catherines point, closely followed by Tony Lawson's Concise. Lawson's team managed to take the lead downwind and maintain it until the finish.
Ned Collier-Wakefield, part of the Concise team commented, "We had a good start winning the pin and headed for the Island shore. We rounded Bridge Buoy in second place, just after the Chileans and managed to get though them downwind. We had really good boat speed and seemed to pull away from the fleet."
The win has put them at the top of the leader board going in to the last day of racing. Simon Clarke's team posted a good result, which would have seen them in first place overall, but an incident during the race saw them penalized three places dropping them to third overall.
With three races starting at 10:00 on Friday, the Championship title is still up for grabs with less than five points separating the top five.
Results - click here