All boats are on their way to Saint Lucia, 2,700 nautical miles to the southwest. The weather provided good north-easterly trade winds for the first few days. After slowing a bit, from 0 to 10 knots, the winds are now expected to shift south of east, improving the speed of those boats that are north of the rhumb line as they can now turn a bit more to the port side, rather then having the wind directly behind them.
This image above is from the world crusing club’s “fleet tracker”. I have isolated the catamarans from the fleet of 178 boats. If I were to add in the monohulls, it would look like this:
These boats are all sailing somewhat together and only the racing class can be seen approaching the finish very soon.
You can follow them yourself by visiting this site.
The ARC crossing record is 10 days, 21 hours, 25 minutes and 10 seconds, set by Caro a Knierim 65 in ARC 2013. This is likely to be under serious threat from 100 foot super maxi Leopard by Finland. Leopard is sailing with a crew of 23 in ARC 2014, and has a considerable history of conquering Atlantic speed sailing records and is the yellow boat that is shown about to finish the race this evening.