After last year’s night line honours win Kwok says he’ll be happy with a daylight arrival at Coffs Harbour. There were no indicators in the pre-race forecast that the SE breeze will drop below 10 knots, in fact the marine winds are due to build above 15 knots tomorrow, making Kwok’s wish almost a safe bet. Video interview with Karl Kwokhttps://www.facebook.com/686703088079520/videos/933469173402909/?theater
Conditions are perfect for Shaun Carroll’s lightweight trimaran Morticia, first multihull off the line at the start and still leading that division on handicap and fleet position, and recording the same speeds as the race frontrunner. Darren Drew’s big cat Top Gun posted a video at 1830hrs showing speeds just shy of 20 knots on a stunning summer’s evening as they and Mojo start to close the gap on the cheeky black tri.
Ignition’s crew were served an early dinner at 1730hrs hours by crewman Anthony Paterson who cooked up the first of three courses of “spaghetti followed by spaghetti and finishing with spaghetti”.
The start was busy at the boat end of the line and PRO Ted Anderson called one entrant back for jumping the line, then Graham Buckeridge’s Margaret Rintoul was seen completing two penalty turns.
“The start was a bit too exciting for us,” posted navigator Julie Hodder later. “All the yachts wanted to start at the boat end so there was one big traffic jam on the line and there was a lot of screaming and yelling – boats going everywhere. Unfortunately we infringed another boat; we did not hit but thought it prudent to do a 720 penalty turn.”
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