A perfect opening set of five wins in his opening five races put Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar in a strong position for crossing the first hurdle of a place in the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup in Malaya.
Williams won this finale event of the World Match Racing Tour last year to clinch his third world title and is determined to make it four this year.
That would equal the record held by a man who has chosen the Monsoon Cup to announce his retirement as a competitor but the Australian Peter Gilmour will continue is his senior management role at the company which organises the tour.
The ice gates introduced into the Vendée Globe singlehanded round the world race have cut the tactical options for the remaining 13 of the 20 starters, keeping them north of the satellite observed dangers and creating something of a processional corridor at about 40 degrees south in the Indian Ocean part of the Southern Ocean..
The long-established leading quartet of Armel le Cléach, Jean-Pierre Dick, François Gabard, and Bernard Stamm is less than 50 miles from first to fourth and is followed by Alex Thomson acting as a lonely link, a further 100 miles astern, with the chasing pack led by Mike Golding, over 560 miles behind le Cléach.