At 1830 this evening Sam Manuard was just 15 miles away from crossing the finish line of the first leg of the Mini Transat

At 1830 this evening Sam Manuard, the 32-year-old, was just 15 miles away from crossing the finish line of the first leg of the Mini Transat. Sailing his own-designed proto, 431- Tip Top Too, Manuard has spent the day working hard keeping his nearest rival Jonathan McKee off his transom.

With a continuing steady breeze and 8kts of boat speed as he heads towards the finish line in Lanzarote, Manuard looks set to win the first leg of the race, after a nine-day battle with McKee.

Positions

1 431 Samuel Manuard TIP TOP TOO – LE GRAU DU ROI PORT CAMARGUE proto

2 247 Jonathan Mc Kee TEAM MC LUBE proto

3 151 Armel Tripon MOULIN ROTY proto

4 265 Frédéric Duthil ALL MER proto

5 316 Pia L’Obry EXPATRIA.FR proto

6 393 Cian Mc Carthy THE TOM CREAN proto

7 139 François Cuinet REGLISSE proto

8 312 Pascal Doin ASNQ proto N295120 W0131331 0068.0 9 354 Bruno Garcia SALADINO proto

10 240 Alex Pella AQUATEC – SANTIVERI – TEXKNIT proto

11 347 Pierre Rolland EXTRADO proto