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San Fernando Race 2005
Hong Kong

The 2005 San Fernando Race, supported by CB Richard ELLIS, started at 1200 hours (local Hong Kong time) today, with all 25 competitors reporting to the Junk Bay start line near Shek O Rock.
With 10-14 knots northerly breeze, Race Officer Ronnie McCRACKEN elected to forgo the laying of a windward mark, stating that the day offered 'perfect sailing conditions for a downwind start'. With sunshine breaking through, Fred KINMONTH's Farr-Mills 51 Mandrake made best use of the start, taking the pin end and immediately claiming position at the front of the fleet.

Other favourites for the SCMP Line Honours Trophy were not so lucky. Sam CHAN's monohull record holder, Ffree Fire, allowed herself to get boxed in by the smaller boats at the middle of the line and Robert KNIGHT's DK52, Drumstick, stayed clear of the melee, making a circumspect start at the Committee Boat end.

McCRACKEN observed 'apart from one boat, the fleet was well behaved with most boats about a boat length from the line at the gun'. Dr LEE Kai Hung's Koon Woon was the guilty boat, struggling against self-weight and the ebbing tide to get back across the line after being called OCS.

At 1800 (Hong Kong time) Mandrake was narrowly leading the fleet ahead of Ffree Fire, with Ant DAY's Sayer 13, Siren, a further five nautical miles behind.

Top Ten

Boat Distance from Start Distance to Finish Distance Travelled Average Speed Estimated Hours to Finish
Mandrake 60 422 60 10 42.2
Ffree Fire 59 423 59 9.8 43.02
Siren 54 428 54 9 47.56
Moonblue 51 431 51 8.5 50.71
Jaywalker 50 432 50 8.3 51.84
Hocux Pocux 2 49 432 49 8.2 52.9
Shahtoosh 48 433 48 8 54.13
Ocean Girl 45 436 45 7.5 58.13
Outrageous 45 436 45 7.5 58.13
Polar Star III 45 436 45 7.5 58.13
Lindsay Lyons. Image, Mandrake:© Guy Nowell
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