Cyclonic winds in the Coral sea have left heavy seas pounding the Queensland coast.
The fleet split overnight with the most northerly boats now benefiting from the the south easterly ridge established on the Queensland Coast.
Wild Thing, now 13 miles south of Ballina has stepped out 10 miles on Brindabella overnight, she is 7 miles north of Yamba. Xena is now 26 miles north of Coffs Harbour, 52 miles behind the leader. Ragamuffin is just two miles north of Coffs Harbour, in a light land breeze. Ausmaid is now 14 miles south of Coffs Harbour.
Overnight Geoff Lavis' Wild Thing II was dismasted, in moderate breeze but short sharp seas, around 10pm. This boat, an Inglis 50 was Grant Wharington's old Wild Thing. The owner reports, the rig was pumping there was a loud bang as the D1 rod, broke in mid-section and the mast came down. It was cut-away, with minium damage to the boat and no injury to the crew.
Turning back to Port Stephens, some fuel calculations showed that the diesel supplies would not be sufficient, so a jury rig has been set and Wild Thing II is proceeding slowly with an expected ETA of around 12 noon.
Handicap Positions are now showing that the line honours leaders are benefiting from their private breeze with Brindabella now leading IMS from Ragamuffin with Nips n Tux, only 14 miles norht of Smoky Cape in third position, Ausmaid is fourth.
In IRC Wild Thing now leads from Loki and Xena.
In PHS Convergent Telecoms 2 miles north of Korogoro Point is in first place, with yesterday's leader Bimble Gumbie second and Terry Mullens Murrery 43 IceFire now third.