One month to go
The entry list has now rationalised with 14 competitors, divided seven between class one and two. The Venturer Class has been withdrawn following the retirement of its sole entnry, George Stricker, who experienced major technical problems with the boat during his qualifier.
Similarly Class II entrants Bob Adams, Adam Lambert and Viktor Yazykov have retired.
Meanwhile many of the competitors are still carrying out their oblgatory qualification passages.
Among them is the sole woman in the race and the only Brit - Emma Richards - while Tim Kent celebrated his 50th birthday aboard his Open 50 Everest Horizontalduring the last stages of his qualifier and has made it to Horta despite being caught in the grips of the Azores High.
John Dennis set off from Newport, RI on his qualifier in newly refitted Open 50 Bayer Ascensia and should be in Horta on Tuesday. Bruce Schwab in his narrow Open 60 currently has his boat Ocean Planet out of the water i n Newport Shipyard alongside the giant Seamaster of the late Sir Peter Blake.
In class 1 Graham Dalton suffered unfortunate dismasting just after setting off on his qualifying sail. Hexagon is currently back in Hamble and is due to have a replacement spar fitted this week.