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Nicorette, the 80-foot sloop, have set off from Sandy Hook Lightship, New York in an attempt to break the 1905 record of crossing the Atlantic in 12 days 4hr 12min.

Mike Golding's Group 4 maintained a 12-mile lead over Chris Tibbs's Concert in the fourth leg of the BT Challenge from Sydney to Cape Town. Ten miles separated third, fourth and fifth, Merfyn Owen's Global Teamwork, Simon Walker's Toshiba and Andy Hindley's Save the Children.

The eight yachts in the Clipper '96 circumnavigation start their leg from Shanghai to Hong Kong today.