West Country offshore sailors Sam Goodchild and Henry Bomby have retained strong positions in their respective boat classes in the 45th Fastnet Race.
Goodchild is in 7th place in the Class 40 fleet, with 60 miles to go in his boat 11th Hour Racing, while Henry Bomby is in 5th place in the Figaro Class with less than 130 miles to go before the Plymouth finish line.
An overall winner of The Fastnet Challenge Cup trophy will be presented this Friday night in Plymouth.
Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, co-skippers of Spindrift 2, a VPLP 131 Trimaran racing in the Multihull Division, crossed the finish line of the 2013 Rolex Fastnet Race at the Plymouth Breakwater at 02.53.58 this morning (Tuesday 13 August) after an elapsed time of 38hrs 53m 58s.
One of the world's toughest yacht races is underway.
The Fastnet began off the Isle of Wight this lunchtime and two West Country sailors are taking part. Sam Goodchild from Falmouth is racing with a team of five while Henry Bomby from Kingswear is part of a pair.
They should arrive at the finish in Plymouth on Wednesday or Thursday.
Here's some video of the start, and our westcountry hopefuls.
It's one of the most challenging races in the sailing calendar and in four days time, nearly 400 yachts will be racing along the south coast to the south west tip of Ireland and back to finish in Plymouth.
The Fastnet Race attracts the world's finest professional and amateur sailors. A total of 3,500 crew will take part. Richard Lawrence has been to meet two ambitious young sailors from the West Country.
Two sailors from the West Country are nearing the end of one of the world's toughest solo yacht races, the Solitaire du Figaro. Sam Goodchild is currently tenth, while Henry Bomby is 27th.
The current British record is 18th place. 40 boats are competing in the final leg and will sail close to the Cornish and Devon coast over the next two days.
The first big sailing regatta held in Dorset since the Olympics is underway. Sail For Gold has attracted nearly 200 entries from around the world. It's running at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy until Thursday.
New Olympic classes are competing for the first time. Organisers hope the competition will grow as we head towards the Games in Rio in 2016.
He's already the most decorated athlete in the history of his sport and one of Britain's most successful Olympians but the awards are still coming in for Sir Ben Ainslie. The sailor from Falmouth has been named Yachtsman of the Year - for an unprecedented sixth time. Richard Payne reports.
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) has won a competitive bid to host the 2016 Vintage Yachting Games, beating competition from Germany, Romania and Sweden.
Held every four years, the event will head to Weymouth and Portland during the summer of 2016 when 300 boats will race as 10 – 14 different classes attracting traditional models and current crews.
The Vintage Yachting Classes chose the WPNSA as the final due to excellent predicted sailing conditions during the summer and the experienced experts of the race committee. We are very much looking forward to celebrating over 90 years of Olympic sailing experience at the same location of the latest Olympic sailing event”.
Ben Ainslie, one of Britain's most successful Olympians, has decided to call time on his Olympic career.
He has just been shortlisted for the sports personality of the year award but says he won't compete in Rio in 2016.
Four-time Olympic sailing gold medallist Ben Ainslie has announced he will not compete at Rio 2016.
The 35-year-old, who grew up in Falmouth, has decided to call time on his glittering Olympic career to focus on the America's Cup.
The West Country Tonight's Cordelia Lynch spoke to Ben about his future plans: