American Mike Plant was leading the 13-boat fleet Monday, 24 hours after the start of the Globe Challenge nonstop solo sailing race around the world.
As the 60-footers headed west by southwest in a 15-knot easterly wind, Plant, of Newport, R.I. aboard Duracell, was trailed by favorite Philippe Jeantot aboard Credit Agricole in second place and Titouan Lamazou on Ecureuil Aquitaine in third.
All three are veterans of the 1986-87 BOC Challenge solo around-the-world race. The BOC race had three stops.
Another favorite in the Globe race, Philippe Poupon on the ketch Fleury Michon, was in eighth place.