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26 October 2004, 11:40 am
Fast Start For Offshore Fleet
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VinaCapital Hong Kong To Vietnam Race 2004

All thirteen entrants made a clean start to the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race that started off Lamma Island near Hong Kong at 1200 hrs today.
Drawing into a quick lead on the water was Grant WHARINGTON'S "Skandia", taking only six minutes to reach the windward mark and covering 67nm by the 1800 hrs position report.

Reports of boat speed reaching 20 knots bear out the forecast of force 6 to 7 winds during the early stages of the race, but with nearly 600nm left to go, it is currently impossible to hazard a guess at a finish time for "Skandia".

Further back in the fleet, "Ffree Fire", skippered by Russ PARKER, is lying second ahead of Fred KINMONTH'S "Mandrake" and Neil PRYDE'S "Hi Fidelity". As always, the fleet will get stretched out during the course of the race and entrants' respective handicaps over 656nm will have a huge bearing on who wins out on corrected time.

Next Position Report - 0800hrs 27-Oct-04
Lyndsay Lyons (As Amended By ISAF News Editor)
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