Ambersail finišas

Ambersail finišavo


02:33:33 August 31

Simonas Steponavicius’ Volvo 60, Ambersail finish at 02:33:33 in an elapsed time of 7 – 12:33:33

The Lithuanian yacht leads IRC Super Zero and is currently second overall.

Ambersail’s corrected time was just one hour and eight seconds behind the current overall leader under IRC, Artemis Ocean Racing.


t 1500 BST the wind across the racecourse had gone to the northeast and patchy with large areas of no wind at all.

Simonas Steponavicius’ Volvo 60, Ambersail was 151 miles from the finish, heading inshore presumably to take advantage of the tidal race at Portland Bill. The Lithuanian boat was achieving over eight knots but need to average over 14 knots to take the overall prize. John Merricks II was around Land’s End with 195 miles to go; they need to average nearly 17 knots to beat the corrected time of the current leader.

Earlier today Luke McCarthy, skipper of John Merricks II had this to say from on board: “We have just passed Bishop Rock and we have had a sweepstake on when we will finish: 1100 to 1800 hours tomorrow is the spread. It looks as though we will have yet more upwind work to do for the last leg of this race. The beat up to Muckle Flugga really took its toll on the boat and crew, and we have hardly had the spinnaker up at all since we passed Dover all those days ago. The British Keelboat Academy was well prepared for this race, but we could definitely have waterproofed the boat better; there are a few trickles from deck leaks, but the occasional torrent of water coming down the companion way, makes life pretty unpleasant down below, as well as on deck.”