The 2014 edition of the Yates Cup started at 1000 hours this morning off Orakei Wharf with a gentle breeze keeping the fleet in order.
The starting area was hectic with 16 boats resulting in an incident between the maxi yacht Rio 100 and Expedition Coppelia. All are ok on both boats however Expedition Coppelia had a torn spinnaker and bent stanchions.
Beau Geste took and early lead over rival Giacomo however it wasn’t long until Rio 100 found her momentum and glided past both yachts.
By the time the three bog boats reached Rangi Light Team Vodafone Sailing, who started 5 minutes later, zoomed past the big boats and stepped out early.
At this point Rio100 is leading the monohull fleet followed by Beau Geste and Giacomo.
Graham Matthews and his Equilibirum crew are next in line currently cruising along at 6.8 knots but Wayne Woods and crew on Bushido are bringing it up on the inside making good ground at 9.6 knots.
Keeping a eye on the back end of the fleet and Steve Henry with his 78 year old Dad Lew on the helm are following the slow and steady approach with their aim to finish the race before Monday!
The conditions have been described as “perfect”, “champagne” and “chilled out”.
11 of the 16 boats are using the PredictWind Tracker which can be viewed here – http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/race/rayc
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