The 42 boats competing got off the line at approximately 1250 yesterday in a six knot southeasterly breeze which built to a steady twelve knots. The Spanish JV 57 Tau Ceramica, owned by Javier DOMINGUEZ BANDERAS and skippered by double Olympic gold medalist Theresa ZABELL (ESP), was first to the halfway mark, but in fourth place in the Non-Corinthian division based on her handicap. She was followed by the Spanish Farr 54 Cam, owned by Olympic medal winners Fernando LEON (ESP) and Kiko SANCHEZ LUNA (ESP). BORRELL's B&C Azur de Puig, with America's Cup veteran Dee SMITH (USA) calling tactics, was third, but leading on corrected time.
'The fleet covered 35 miles since the start,' commented Race Committee Member Joaquin GONZALEZ DEVESA. 'After Ciudadella, the fleet will have to tackle a long upwind beat, so the pace will slow. I think the first boat will finish around 0200., although, it's hard to make predictions as the wind might die, and it's a known fact that, during the night, anything may happen.'