Sam Manuard leader of second leg of the Mini Transat has broken his mast

Sam Manuard, the 32-year-old Frenchman, has beaten his race-long rival Jonathan McKee in to first place in the Mini Transat first leg

Sam Manuard sailing his own designed prototype is leading the fleet on the approach to the finish line of the first leg of the Mini Transat in Lanzarote

Manuard leads last few miles

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

Manuard retains Mini Transat lead

While Sam Manuard continues to head the Mini Transat fleet, averaging 7-9kts, other competitors have suffered gear problems in the strong winds last night

Sam Manuard, Jonathan McKee, Pierre Rolland and Alex Pella are continuing their battles at the front of the Mini Transat fleet with Manuard currently in the lead by six miles

Samuel Manuard and Yannic Cano sailing their Manuard design took Mini Fastnet race victory at 7.30 this morning. British sailor Nick Bubb takes a creditable eighth