Of the 123 boats that crossed the start line on Sunday, 42 have headed for land. This includes 11 Class40s with a dismast aboard Narcos, a sister ship to Imerys Clean Energy.
Team meteorologist Jure Jerman reports: “They are sailing upwind in uncomfortable conditions. First they will have to cross the cold front and later in the night the trough. It will be extremely windy between 30–45kts and gusting up to 50kts. It is going to be a horrible sea state with waves between 5-8m today, and between 6-10m tomorrow. This will be the next tough challenge and I expect to see more boats abandoning in the next 24hrs.”