Chris Stanmore-Major is on the brink of a dramatic turnaround and a hard-earned second place finish in the Velux 5 Oceans round-the-world race.
The Cowes-based yachtsman – on his first solo ocean race – was the last-place finisher on the two earlier legs of the race, but he now holds a 36-mile lead over his nearest rival with 214 miles left to the leg three finish line in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Runaway race leader Brad Van Liew is already in harbour at the mouth of the River Plate, with his third leg win in the bag.
But Stanmore-Major’s arrival in second place would overshadow the veteran American’s achievement. Having been back in fourth place only three days ago, Stanmore-Major has clawed his way to the front of the chasing pack despite a hatch leak flooding a forward compartment of his Eco 60 yacht Spartan earlier this week.
Also having trials and tribulations, Barcelona World Race sailor Dee Caffari and her co-skipper Anna Cordoba suffered a series of involuntary tacks when the autopilot of their Open 60 GAES Centros Auditivos’ twice threw a wobbly.
With two sails partly in the water, the duo had their hands full, having to run north and take some pressure off themselves and the boat.
Caffari is holding ninth place in the ultra competitive fleet.