In a consistent breeze that is blowing a force six or seven across the race course, Grant WHARINGTON's Super Maxi Skandia is looking a hot favourite to not only claim yet another line honours victory for the campaign, but another race record.
Over the last 30 hours, according to the position reports and up until 1800hrs local time, Skandia has averaged over 15-knots and has covered in total 466 miles since the race start on Monday. The record she is looking more and more likely to smash as the day continues is that set by Ffree Fire in 1996 of 61 hours, 56 minutes and 18 seconds.
Skandia's arrival time is estimates at 0600 hrs local time tomorrow morning (Thursday), putting a timing for the race of around 42 hours and thirty minutes, taking nearly 20 hours of the race record.
Current leader on handicap is Neil PRYDE's Hi Fidelity, who is currently forecast to correct to a little under one hour faster than the giant Australian boat. Still, everything is moot unless the current conditions persist, and the next few hours will be tense for all concerned.
Polar Star 3, Shahtoosh, Tipsy Free and O'Feeling are keeping each other company staying further back and left alone as the smallest, Windseeker was at the back of the fleet.
Full positions are available on the event website at the address below.