On an offshore start line for the first time, Sea Wolf was perhaps a tad aggressive, pushing Ramrod over early, and taking herself half a boat length over in the process. Both Ragamuffin90 and Antipodes chose to stay out of trouble at the pin end and, as expected, it was ‘Rags which quickly put distance between herself and the rest of the fleet.
Boyde’s decision to start in the harbour was vindicated as the boats made a clean break past Shek O towards open water, with Ragamuffin90 heading the fleet, followed by Hi Fi and the TP52’s, then the Ker 40’S and Antipodes.
Six hours after the cannon fired to start the race, ‘Rags had built up a lead on the water of nearly 10nm on the 52-footers. Currently averaging just over 10kts boat speed, ‘Rags is forecast to finish at around the 50 hour mark, outside the existing record of 47h 43m 07s set in 2000 by Karl Kwok.
All boats are carrying a Yellowbrick tracker unit, which will report positions every 30 minutes (http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/
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