Sailing: Christophe Augin on course to beat single-handed non- stop round-the-world record

Christophe Augin, the runaway leader of the Vendee Globe single- handed non-stop round-the-world race, was due to round Cape Horn last night and start the final push up the Atlantic to the finish in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. He is a week ahead of schedule to beat the 109-day record.

South Africa is expected to announce next week its first challenge for the Whitbread Race, but using a 1993-94 boat rather than building a new craft.