A clear blue sky and 20 to 25 knots of warm north-northeast trade winds greeted the Clipper fleet for the start of Race 6 of The Times Clipper 2000 Round The World Yacht Race, a 3400 nautical mile race from Hawaii (Honolulu) to Japan (Yokohama).
A very close start saw Matt Baker and the crew of Plymouth Clipper just ahead at the line. Building on this, a few good tacks saw them reach the windward mark one and a half minutes in front of Jersey Clipper in second place. Soon after London, Liverpool, Bristol then Glasgow Clipper rounded the mark, setting their spinnakers as they bore away to the west, with Leeds and Portsmouth seemingly just a few yards behind. Most yachts chose to set their heavy weight 2.2oz kites, however Leeds and Liverpool bit the bullet and went straight for the bigger 1.5oz. As they headed towards the horizon both boats seemed to be making excellent speed and Liverpool Clipper already looked to be catching London for third place. The next 3,400 miles to Yokohama certainly promise to be every bit as exciting as the 1st.