Thompson drops to fifth
To date these extreme 21ft Minis have been sailing in moderate north easterlies and brilliant sunshine. They have been able to achieve respectable average speeds (around eight knots), but even after 48 hours of sailing there is a 70 mile spread between first and last. But the high pressure system currently dominating the weather may not hold. The forecast indicates that the fleet may have to beat up the Channel into 25 knot north easterlies - a particularly unpleasant experience in such small, flat-bottomed fliers.
This evening the leaders are due to round the Eddystone lighthouse off Plymouth and the latest ETAs have them arriving in Portsmouth on Thursday.
The 65-strong fleet is divided into one-offs ('protos') and series boats, most notably the Pogo. In this class, the Belgium entrant Denis van Weynberg is leading on board Paneb.
1. Ronan Guerin - L'Artisanat-1ère Entreprise de France (Magnen/Nivelt design)
2. Arnaud Boissieres - Mayflower (Magnen/Nivelt design)
3. Corentin Douguet - Pour que l'Ocean Reste Blue (Rolland design)
4. Yannick Bestaven - Cafe du Theatre (Magnen/Nivelt design)
5. Brian Thompson - I Must be Mad (Simon Rogers design)
13. Paul Peggs - Blue One (Mark Mills design)
16. Sam Davies - Aberdeen Asset Management (Andrew Cape design)
1. Denis van Weynbergh - Paneb
2. Rodelphe Jacq - K&B Communication/Murphy & Nye
3. Frederic Duval - Pop'in la Maitraise du Feu
4. Laurent Negrel - Cours Prive Beause Jour
5. Alain Delord - K'Lick