The race time limit has been brought forward to to allow sufficient time for the back markers to make it to Den Helder for the final four days of festivities, starting on 20th August. The new limit has been set for 1200hrs GMT today (18th August) for Class A, 1230hrs for Class B, 1245hrs for Class C and 1300hrs for Class D.
Just nineteen vessels remain on the course; all the others have crossed the finish line and made their way to Den Helder or stopped off at other ports en route. Christian Radich, pictured above, looks set to hold on to her lead overall on corrected time with Jolie Brise, the Class B vessel, coming in second and Sørlandet in third. Statsraad Lehmkuhl, the third Class A Norwegian ship, retired.
In Class B behind Jolie Brise is Moosk with Morning Star of Revelation remaining in third place. This British one-two-three continues a strong showing by British vessels: thoguh Akela of Russia is in first place in Class C, Black Diamond of Durham has taken second place with the Polish Guadeamus in third. In CLass D, St Barbara V is the provisional winner with Rona II coming in second and Thyra of Denmark in third, having finally overcome her sister vessel Svanen in one of the Races' closest tussles.
These results remain provisional until the race time limit has been reached and the 'finish at sea' formula has been applied to all the vessels yet to cross the finish line. All vessels then have to complete and hand in their Race Declaration Forms before the results can be made final. Winds are forecast to increase slightly and veer to the south west - too late to make a difference...?
The vessels that have now crossed the finish line are: Akela, Antwerp Flyer, Black Diamond of Durham, Christian Radich, Cisne Branco, Cuauhtemoc, Eendracht, Esprit, Gaudeamus, John Laing, Jolie Brise, Mir, Rona II, Sørlandet, Spaniel, St Barbara V, Svanen, Thermopylae Clipper, Thyra, Urania and Zryw. Clyde Challenger is due into Den Helder later this morning, still under tow from the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel Andenes.
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