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Record-breaking speeds for Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland crews as they race along Sussex coast

The Sevenstar fleet racing along the south coast Credit: Sevenstar/RORC

You can follow the progress of the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland race fleet on the organiser's race tracker here

Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland fleet setting off from Cowes Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC
Volvo 65 teams SCA and Abu Dhabi go head-to-head off Cowes Credit: Rick Tomlinson/RORC

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Sailors racing along south coast in Round Britain battle

The flotilla of 28 yachts are now heading east along the south coast after departing the Solent this morning . The 1,800 mile race around Britain and Ireland set off from the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes with a stiff southwesterly wind and a good tide, allowing the yachts to fly their spinnakers.

At 1130 the fleet past Selsey Bill, with over 30 knots of breeze. Musandam-Oman Sail, skippered by Sidney Gavignet, has averaged 30 knots of boat speed since the start and is on course to finish the race in two and a half days, smashing the course record, if these conditions prevail.

Five Volvo 65s are taking part in the event - the first time the teams have raced against each other ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race which starts in October. They screamed through the start line with Team SCA, skippered by Sam Davies, getting the best start. Team Dongfeng, skippered by Frenchman Charles Caudrelier, was just in the lead at 1100am. Three teams have taken the lead in the Volvo 65 class in the first two hours, a pattern that may well continue right through the race.

Racing in Rio - GBR sailors prepare for 2016 Olympics

The third day of racing at the Aquece Rio venue in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, saw a range of conditions with wind and waves on the outside courses and tricky breeze inside Guanabara Bay.

A 15 knot south westerly breeze worked its way across the five race areas with outside courses Copacabana and Niteroi experiencing a stable breeze and wild waves. Inside Guanabara Bay was a different story with an up and down breeze that tested the sailors across Pão de Açucar, Ponte and Escola Naval.

Olympic sailors from across the South race in Rio with 2 years to the Olympics Credit: Alex Ferro/Rio 2016/ISAF

In the women's 470 class, Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark, from Hampshire, took the first race victory of the day and sit second overall following a 3-7. ISAF Rolex World Sailors of the Year Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie (NZL) are third overall, tied with the Brits on four points.

In the men's 470 Luke Patience and Elliot Willis (GBR) sit in third after winning the second race in their class. Giles Scott (GBR) moved into pole position in the Finn fleet following a fifth, a race win and a second. The British sailor has a four point advantage over overnight leader Jorge Zarif (BRA) who discards a 14th and counts two fifth places from three races on Ponte.

Natasha tackles her biggest ever challenge

Determined 'Sip and Puff’ sailor Natasha 'Miss Isle’ Lambert arrived in Falmouth twith a huge smile on her face after a day of champagne sailing in sunshine and good breeze.

The 17-year-old from the Isle of Wight, who has cerebral palsy and controls her boat by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet, is eight legs into her 12-leg sailing challenge and was delighted to be sailing with more power as she completed the 22 miles from Fowey in five hours.

Sea and Summit is Natasha’s biggest challenge yet - a month-long project sailing her specially-designed 21ft yacht, single-handed around the South West coast of England to Wales before she swaps her boat for her special walking aid, called a Hart Walker, to climb Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.

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Riding high - the first crew over the finish line in the Round the Island Race

Richard Mille, the all British sailing team managed by Pete Cumming was today the first boat to cross the line Credit: OnEdition
The crew celebrate after crossing the winning line Credit: OnEdition
Gosport's Sir Robin Knox-Johnston at the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2014. Credit: On Edition
Taking a walk on the mainsail, one crew member checking his rig during the race Credit: OnEdition
Spectators watch the race from the cliff tops around the Island Credit: OnEdition

Sir Ben Ainslie at the helm in the race around the Isle of Wight

Sir Ben Ainslie at the helm of Rebel during the J P Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Yachts pass The Needles during the J P Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Sir Ben Ainslie at the helm of Rebel in the race around the Isle of Wight Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire
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