In pictures: And they're off - 1,584 boats set sail from Cowes

In pictures: Invictus was one of the early leading monohulls...

In pictures: ...alongside Mike Slade's Leopard...

In pictures: ...and the 160ft schooner Eleonora

In pictures: They were all quickly overtaken by the MOD70 Concise 10

In pictures: ...which was the first back back to Cowes in a time of 3h 30m...

In pictures: ...closely followed by Leopard as the first monohull

In pictures: Behind them an array of boats stretched the length of the Solent....

In pictures: ...making their way around the 50 nautical mile course