Wild Oats XI has overtaken Comanche as conditions ease along the Bass Strait.
But forecast wind changes are expected to make it a tight battle for the win.
Wild Oats spokesman Rob Mundle told The ABC his team will have to work hard until the end, expecting that the wind will go into the west, “then Comanche should come into her own there.”
“But then tomorrow, the forecast is for it to go light again down towards Tasman Island, Storm Bay, and in the river… and that’s probably going to suit Wild Oats XI,” he said
“So it could be an absolute grandstand finish in the Derwent River.”
Overnight eight yachts were forced to retire following rough seas and strong winds. One of those was Perpetual Loyal which briefly held the led on Friday. The supermaxi has returned to Sydney to repair a damaged hull.
Robert Oatley’s Wild Oats is attempting to make history, with a record eighth line honours in the ocean water classic.