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12 January 2003, 02:04 pm
Multihulls Flying After Second Start
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SAP Cape to Rio 2003
Cape Town (RSA) - Rio (BRA)

The first report after the second start of the SAP Cape to Rio race in Cape Town yesterday saw both multi-hulls flying in good winds.

Swedish trimaran Nicator covered 378 miles during the last 18 hours at an average of 15,7 knots and the Brazilian catamaran Adrenalina Pura did 296 miles averaging 12.31 knots.

Navigator Magnus Woxen reported great sailing conditions by midday on Sunday. "There is a nice breeze and flat seas, so we're currently doing approximately nineteen knots. It is nice and sunny and everybody is feeling great," said Woxen, who suffered from serious cramps and muscle spasms before the start.

Commenting on the action-packed start in Table Bay, Woxen said that it was very crowded. "Most people don't realise that Nicator is quite difficult to maneuver and it was a bit tense to get out of the crowded bay. But once we passed Robben Island, it was fine."

Mono-hull line honours contender Morning Glory also showed good progress and managed to cover 278 miles since the start. It was, however, Australian skipper Bill Rawson, who overcame his pre-start turmoil to lead the IRC fleet on handicap. His 65-foot yacht Helsal II fell off the crane when it was launched and the mast broke in two places. A new mast was built in double quick time and they were on the starting line with the rest of the fleet yesterday.

The Norwegian entry Barracuda is currently second on handicap followed by Scorpio. Skipper John Dixon only bought the yacht two weeks before the start and is sailing with his wife Jennifer, daughter Eleanor and son Jonathan.

Now that the bigger boats are at sea, the first starters have slid down the results sheet but Suidoos 2 continues her good progress by doing 124 miles during the last 24 hours in an area of the Atlantic where the winds are traditionally light. Both Suidoos 2 and Konica/Mallinicks Indaba have crossed the Greenwich Meridian.

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