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.
|Boat||Distance from Start||Distance to Finish||Distance Travelled||Average Speed||Estimated Hours to Finish|
|Hocux Pocux 2||49||432||49||8.2||52.9|
|Polar Star III||45||436||45||7.5||58.13|