Jelik leads China Sea Race
Hocux Pocux II, Red Baron, Helsall II and Australian Maid form the honour guard to the leaders, while the remaining competitors are over 50nm behind Jelik.
Hocux Pocux II holds out hope for better racing conditions in days to come - as many of the boats have an ETA of Wednesday, it is hoped for the sake of the President's Cup that their faith is not misplaced!
"Still not too much wind, we are hoping for a big windshift to go from SW-S and then around to SE and hopefully in the next 24 hrs it may go all the way round to NE," Hocux Pocux II reported. "If it does go to NE the big question is if we are on the left and try to go downwind in light air it will be painful. However, if we are on the right hand side and the NE (If it comes!!) is strong, then we will be beating/fetching where others will be square with a spinnaker, tricky.
"We are still in the first 25% of the race, so the going is still pretty slow. TWD here is SW and windspeed is below 5 knots."