After enduring a slow night, the wind has picked up for the Newcastle Bass Island fleet and they are making great headway towards Wollongong.
The wind has built during the day to see the fleet working their way to Bass Island off Wollongong. The front runners have passed Sydney Harbour, while the second half of the fleet are settling in for a long evening.
The overall IRC leaders have maintained their momentum, with TP52s Ichi Ban and Celestial taking the lead from each other many times over the last few hours, while Gweilo sits just behind them. At this current time, it is Sam Haynes' Celestial in first place in IRC and ORCi.
Chinese Whisper holds onto her position of first place in line honours, however TP52 Ichi Ban are surging up to them. The leaders are approaching Bass Island, approximately 11nm away from the turning point.
In PHS Helsal 3 leads the fleet in front of Wots Next and Enigma.
Since this morning's update, there have been three further retirements. Showtime retired with gear failure off Noraville, Zen has retired with headstay foil damage and Maverick has retired with gear failure.
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