It's been a very exciting 24 hours at Race HQ in Alicante as team AkzoNobel set a new record for the greatest distance sailed in 24 hours in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team eclipsed the previous mark and smashed past the 600-mile barrier.
As of 1300 UTC, the team was still adding to their record-breaking 24-hour run of 601.63 miles at an average speed of 25.08 knots. Read more here about how navigator Jules Salter broke his own record 10 years later.
Cool fact: At the time he broke the record back in 2008 with Ericsson 4, the skipper was Brazilian legend Torben Grael. This time around, in 2018, he is sailing with Torben's daughter, Martine Grael.
If you've missed the drama of tumbling records and are keen to know how team AkzoNobel made Volvo Ocean Race history, you can join Richard Mason (previous Ericsson 4 sailor) and expert Conrad Colman at HQ as they chat LIVE to Simeon Tienpont.
As conditions 'tougher than the Southern Ocean' continue to challenge the fleet this leg is still anyone's game. As team AkzoNobel lead, check out these images on our Twitter feed as the teams send it as hard as they can in the North Atlantic.
With water at zero temperature, cold, grey and miserable is how some people would describe sailing across the Atlantic... Take a look at this stunning behind the scenes gallery from Rich Edwards onboard team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag.
If you're following the Live Tracker at the same rate we are, you're probably not sleeping much either. Let the obsession continue as our @RaceExperts give us non-stop updates on the fleet's movements as they head towards Cardiff.
1300 UTC Pos Report - Everyone still eating up the miles towards Cardiff and expected to keep doing so for the next 12 hours. @teamAkzoNobel have provisionally reached 601.63 Nm in a 24-hour run. #WatchLog pic.twitter.com/C5RSaN5G78— Race Experts (@RaceExperts) May 25, 2018
Finally, the one thing not to be missed today... see below as we go onboard with team AkzoNobel as they claim the record.
Onboard with @teamAkzoNobel during their (provisional) 588.10 nautical mile Volvo 65 record run, beating Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 550.8 in the last race and only 8.5 miles less than the Volvo 70 Ericsson 4 record 596.6 in the 2008 race #watchlog @volvooceanrace @volvooceanraceE pic.twitter.com/yfsqeyiW0v— Race Experts (@RaceExperts) May 25, 2018
Who will come out on top? We'd love to hear your opinion. Use social media to post your predications using #VolvoOceanRace and #Leg9.