The first group of vessels are expected to cross the finish line later tonight with Spaniel (Latvia) holding onto a slight lead ahead of Tomidi (Belgium) for line honours.
Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway) is leading the Class A fleet on the water with Mir (Russia) behind, but further to the north, so is still in with a chance of beating her to the finish line as she has a strong strategic position.
Helena (Finland) continues to dominate Class B with Maybe (UK), Johann Smidt (Germany), Morning Star of Revelation (UK) and Rupel (Belgium) putting in strong performances behind her.
Whilst Spaniel looks favourite to be the first Class C yacht to cross the finish line, Ebb Tide (Netherlands) is putting in a good late performance and could just take second place ahead of her rival Esprit (Germany).
In Class D, Tomidi (Belgium) looks certain to cross the finish line first, with Lietuva and Galaxy in close competition for second place.
The placings at 16:00 UTC/GMT are:
1st Statsraad Lehmkuhl (Norway)
2nd Tre Kronor af Stockholm (Sweden)
3rd Kruzenshtern (Russia)
1st Liv (Norway)
2nd Maybe (UK)
3rd Rupel (Belgium)
1st Sharki (Poland)
2nd Admiral Dickman (Poland)
3rd Filou (Germany)
1st Akela (Russia)
2nd Tomidi (Belgium)
3rd Lietuva (Lithuania)
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