Light headwinds are hampering David NIXON and O2 Team Spirit off Belfast Lough this morning on the final 120 mile stage to the finish of the non-stop BMW Round Ireland Race at Wicklow.
As well as lack of wind, tides on the Irish Sea later this afternoon will be against the 60-foot yacht and the Howth entry will need to finish by nine o'clock tonight (Tuesday) to set a new course record.
An interesting feature of the O2 campaign is the live position reporting for the boat, available at the Team Spirit website at the address below that gives a graphic image of the boats position.
Nixon's main rival for line honours is French yacht CityJet Solune but torn sails and other gear problems appears to have removed this threat to the fleet leader.
The main pack chasing the leader is now off the Donegal coast and with fresher weather and a better forecast, the overall race win on handicap corrected time lies with these smaller entries.
Based on times recorded for Innistearacht yesterday, Dun Laoghaire 32-footer Calyx Voice & Data skippered by Eamonn CROSBIE leads overall. A provisional set of result for the Eagle Island Radio check-in point will also be calculated today.
Meanwhile, equipment and gear failure continues to hamper some boats. The all-female crew from the Western Yacht Club reported a set-back this morning after their spinnaker pole broke in a 30-knot squall overnight. In spite of the disappointment, the eight crew are pleased to be still racing.