Rambler, the 90 footer first to finish in 2009 has been leading fleet for most of the race with 68 miles to Halifax. They are much further below the rhumb line and offshore than the rest of the fleet, and Donnybrook has been steadily eroding their lead for the past few hours. We've watched the gap narrow over the last few hours as Donnybrook has taken advantage of their in shore position. Many times in this race the in shore position can pay off as the sea breeze strengthens there. As of 9:45 pm, Rambler's was just over 3 nautical miles in front of Donnybrook.
The bulk of the rest of the fleet is about 60 miles south west of Brazil Rock, near the tip of Nova Scotia. They are experiencing very light winds, and we have heard reports of fog. Passion 4 C, a 56 footer leads the PHRF 1 fleet and Cilistia leads PHRF 2. Helm's Deep a Soto 4 looks to be in the lead of the Canadian entries with 156 miles to go. MacIntosh and Airborne IV are two other Canadian boats leading their divisions.
The classic yacht Summerwind appears to have headed for Portland, Maine - no news yet as to why.
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