Interestingly the Open 40 fleet are starting to open out with Michael KLEINJANS (BEL) leading Pierre CHATELIN (FRA) closely followed by late entry Ronay NOLLET (BEL) on La Promesse. Hannah WHITE (GBR), the youngest competitor is holding her own alongside one of the most experienced skippers, Patrice CARPENTIER (FRA) 'road-testing' the new Pogo 40.
The force five to six winds have caused a few problems for three of the skippers. Bram VAN DE LOOSDRECHT (NED) dismasted Octavus at 0900, Wednesday morning, and has informed the race office of his retirement and that he would be heading for Kinsale under his own steam. An hour earlier Bertus BUYS (NED) retired due to irreparable damage to his mainsail and would put into Plymouth, Great Britain on his way home to the Netherlands.
This brings the total retirements in the first three days to four. Although he is still racing, Pieter ADRIAANS (NED) has reported that he is having problems with his hydraulics. This could be serious for ADRIAANS as Robosail is reliant on the system for most of her operation.
The Corinthian sailors are only just beginning to feel the effect off the stronger winds and consequentially are still fairly well bunched but one boat, Ayesha of St Mawes is beginning to fall astern. Paul HEINEY (GBR) is bringing up the rear 60 miles behind Huib SWETS (NED) on Vijaya.